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Judit Kormos and Joanna Nijakowska: Successful inclusion for dyslexic students in the English language classroom
ELTons webinars: Winner of the Eltons Award for Excellence in Course Innovation
We are proud to bring you a series of webinars showcasing ideas from the 2014 ELTons winning innovations. Here we present the 2014 winner of the Eltons Award for Excellence in Course Innovation. Using example materials and tasks from the Dystefl project, Judit Kormos and Joanna Nijakowska will outline which methods of classroom management, task design and teaching techniques can empower dyslexic language learners to fulfil their potential in language learning.
About the webinar
Dyslexic language learners have been long neglected in the field of language teaching despite the fact they constitute about ten percent of the student population. In this webinar we will introduce the award-winning language teacher training course developed in the framework of the DysTEFL project. The course is built on the model of the teacher as a reflective practitioner, who experiments with new learner-centred teaching methodologies, creatively adapts teaching methods, tasks and techniques to his/her context and then reflects on the outcomes of the learning and teaching processes.
About the speakers
Judit Kormos is a Professor in Second Language Acquisition at Lancaster University where she teaches on the MA TESOL and MA Language Testing programmes. She was a key partner in the award-winning DysTEFL - Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language project sponsored by the European Commission. She is the co-author of the book Teaching Languages to Students with Specific Learning Differences (Multilingual Matters) and has published widely on the effect of dyslexia on processes of second language learning.
Joanna Nijakowska is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pragmatics, Institute of English, University of Łódź, Poland. She teaches on BA and MA TESOL programmes and runs workshops for in-service EFL teachers. She has authored and edited books and papers on SLA, EFL and dyslexia, including the book Dyslexia in the foreign language classroom (Multilingual Matters). She has initiated and coordinated the DysTEFL - Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language project, European Language Label and ELTons award winner.
Find out more about the DysTEFL project.