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Dyslexia and language learning

Posted by Tuulevi Meri on 17/01/17 07:28

In discussions about dyslexia and how it affects language learning – which is of course close to my heart as a language teacher – I am often asked:

“If a student is dyslexic, how should it be taken into account in language learning? Is there something that all dyslexics share in a learning context?”

After nearly twenty years as a language instructor, this is an easy question for me to answer:

“Yes, they do have something in common – every one of them is different as a learner and has an individual learning style.”

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Topics: Dyslexia, Language training, Working life, Dyslexic, Reading disorder, Learning difficulties, English language course

Dyslexia is no barrier to professional success

Posted by Tuulevi Meri on 11/11/16 12:39

Although a common phenomenon, dyslexia (also known as “reading disorder”) has not been much written about. At AAC, we encounter an increasing number of pupils who struggle with learning due to dyslexia.

One of our most successful students is Teppo, who works in high-end product development in a major Finnish corporation operating in international markets. Over the years, Teppo’s duties have changed and assumed a more global orientation, consequently increasing the importance of – and demands on – his language skills. Finally, Teppo was faced with the fact that he had to learn English or change jobs.

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Topics: Dyslexia, Language training, Working life, Dyslexic, Reading disorder, Learning difficulties, English language course

The importance of rapport in the classroom

Posted by Darren Reed on 09/03/16 14:40

The ideal balance between learning languages and having fun is a topic which I have discussed many times with my colleagues, both informally and during trainer meetings.

Of course, the two things don’t have to be mutually exclusive!

However, there’s the feeling that if you really try to teach your students correct grammar or difficult vocabulary, suddenly the element of fun evaporates from the langauge course and everything becomes “serious” – in fact it’s just like being back at school!

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Topics: Classroom training, Language training, Language course, English language course

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