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Course Overview

Discover teaching strategies to help dyslexic students learn a foreign language

Dyslexia affects 10-15% of the population. Dyslexic students are often either exempted from the study of additional languages or they underperform in foreign language classes.

On this course, you’ll discover the most up-to-date dyslexia definition, and how it affects a student’s ability to learn languages. You’ll explore the latest strategies for teaching dyslexic students and have access to a host of dyslexia teaching resources.

The materials and tasks in the course are designed to also be applicable to a variety of language learning contexts, including teaching English as a foreign language.

Week 1

What is dyslexia?

Getting started

Dyslexia and specific learning differences

Test your knowledge


Summing up

Extra resources

Week 2

Dyslexia and learning an additional language


Dyslexia and additional languages

Making adjustments

Multisensory structured learning

Test your knowledge

Summing up and Extra Resources

Week 3

Teaching vocabulary and grammar to students with dyslexia


Put your knowledge into practice

Summing up and Extra Resources

Week 4

Developing phonological and orthographic awareness and reading skills


Phonological and orthographic awareness

Developing reading skills

Summing up


This course is designed for professional language teachers, secondary school teachers, undergraduates, postgraduates and anyone with an interest in dyslexia and language learning.

It offers you practical tools, as well as theoretical insights, to best accommodate and meet the needs of students with dyslexia.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Demonstrate an understanding of dyslexia and other learning difficulties and their effects on learning additional languages
  • Assess the needs of students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties when learning another language
  • Evaluate resources used in teaching languages to students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties
  • Design language teaching tasks for students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties
  • Apply inclusive language teaching practices in their contexts