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Special Education Needs

All teachers and especially language teachers deal with learning difficulties every day in our multi-competent classrooms. The word ‘dyslexia’ comes from the Greek language and means ‘difficulty with words’. It is a lifelong, usually genetic, inherited condition and affects around 10% of the population.

The 3 Principles to Supporting Special Educational Needs Students

  Research in the field of special educational needs and inclusion has equipped the educational community with evidence-based practices and ideas to support classroom diversity. How come that students’ progress remains sluggish, and why do teachers often report feeling depleted? Supporting special educational needs students can be a daunting and...

Teaching Dyslexic Learners Online

  Technology is a gift for students with dyslexia, provided that it is used properly. This is because most dyslexic learners are visual learners and computer materials are designed to be accessed through our visual communication channel. Besides, some students find it easier to maintain higher focus when they work on a computer, as they direct their...

Teaching Reading to students with dyslexia

students with dyslexia  Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. The person diagnosed with dyslexia face difficulties with accurate and fluent word recognition. What is more, poor spelling is a very common result of the deficit in the phonological development. Finally, reading comprehension as well as reading ability in general can be...

Teaching English to Dysgraphic Learners

Dysgraphia Poor hand position and pencil gripDysgraphia [dis-gra-fee-uh] is a learning disability that makes it difficult for a person to handwrite and organize written expression. Dysgraphia is not related to one's ability to read, nor is it related to a person's intelligence. The word dysgraphia comes from the Greek word dys meaning difficulty and graph meaning writing letters. The...

Mind mapping and dyslexia: The current trend of graphic organizers for effective English language teaching

      The common saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” gives prominence to the idea that an image is more powerful when engraved on our mind than a multitude of words. Visual representations of ideas can function as an instructional strategy in the EFL classroom and students with dyslexia who face problems with short term memory, concentration...

Dyslexia in the English classroom: What are the most striking signs and what useful tips can teachers use?

    Learning difficulties is a term that has invaded our lives and our L2 classrooms to a great extent since over the last years we encounter such cases daily. Are learning difficulties highly affecting our teaching efforts and what learning problems and restrictions do they cause to our students?   by Olga Paparseni / MA in English Language...

Dyslexia and Adults in the Working Environment

Dyslexia is a different way of thinking and doing. People with dyslexia can be successful if they work their tasks in their own way. They can learn if they have really understood the information they get and feel more in control if they have choices. By Efi Glymi They usually have difficulties in reading long documents- as they have eye problems (they...

Dyslexia in the English classroom: What are the most striking signs and what useful tips can teachers use?

  Learning difficulties is a term that has invaded our lives and our L2 classrooms to a great extent since over the last years we encounter such cases daily. Are learning difficulties highly affecting our teaching efforts and what learning problems and restrictions do they cause to our students? by Olga Paparseni / MA in English Language Teaching All...

Special needs children and disabled adults still getting a raw deal from education, says report

Despite commitments by Member States to promote inclusive education, children with special educational needs and disabled adults are still getting a raw deal, according to a report published today by the European Commission. Many are placed in segregated institutions and those in mainstream educational settings often receive inadequate support, it...