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Dyslexia and EAL

Information about dyslexia and multilingualism in a range of European countries (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK, and Wales) can be found on the Dyslang website.

The Big Lottery funded project, Dyslexia and Multilingualism, led by the British Dyslexia Association in partnership with Bath Spa University, examined the issues involved in screening and assessing bilingual children for SpLD/dyslexia and trialled and examined the impact of a 30 minute daily intervention programme delivered over a period of 1 weeks.

The BDA Dyslexia Friendly Schools Good Practice Guide contains a useful chapter on Dyslexia and Multilingualism which explores factors to be taken into account when working with multilingual children.

A free self-study course for teachers of English as a Foreign Language is available on the DysTEFL website. Materials are available in English, Czech, German, Polish, and Hungarian.

Assessing multilingual students who are learning English for dyslexia is problematic as standardized assessment tools are not valid in this case. An assessment tool designed specifically for EAL learners, from age 7 to adult, is available through ELT Well.

For further information on dyslexia and multilingualism, see the following links:-