In a DysTEFL project – Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) – lasting until September 2013, seven partners from Poland, Hungary, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria are developing a training course and self-study materials for pre- and in-service teachers of English as a foreign language in order to raise their awareness of the foreign language learning needs of dyslexic students. As a first milestone in the project, a detailed needs analysis survey has been carried out to identify pre-service and in-service foreign language teachers’ professional development needs with regard to teaching individuals with dyslexia.
Programme: LLP, Comenius Multilateral
Duration: 01.11.2011 – 31.10.2013
Coordinator: University of Lodz, Faculty of Philology, Chair of Pragmatics, Poland
- TAK – The Society for Alternative Education, Poland
- RCNS HAS–Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
- Lancaster University, Department of Linguistics and English Language, UK
- Masaryk University, Faculty of Education, Czech Republik
- VHS – Volkshochschule im Landkreis Cham e.V., Germany
- BEST Institut für berufsbezogene Weiterbildung und Personaltraining GmbH, Austria
Official project website
Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that has an effect not only on literacy skills in students’ first language, but also on foreign language learning. In order to ensure that dyslexic students successfully acquire the necessary levels of foreign language competence, they need additional support. Foreign language teachers often lack sufficient understanding of the nature of dyslexia and the difficulties it causes in foreign language learning, and they might not be familiar with the relevant teaching techniques and methods to further the language learning processes of dyslexic students. Therefore, the preparation of teacher training materials for this target group of language learners is both timely and necessary.
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