The overlap between SpLDs (and other disabilities) and language learning is a field that is becoming more widely researched and described. Here are some useful resources both in print and on-line.
Publications from ELT well
Evens, M. & Smith, A.M (2019) Language Learning and Musical Activities. Morecambe: ELT well [available from the shop]
Smith, A.M. (2017) Including Dyslexic Language Learners. Lancaster: ELT well [available from the shop]
Smith, A.M. (2017) Raising Awareness of SpLDs. Lancaster: ELT well [available from the shop]
Smith, A.M. (2015) Cognitive Assessments for Multilingual Learners PLUS. Lancaster: ELT well [available from the shop]
Smith, A.M. (2015) Cognitive Assessments for Multilingual Learners -young learners’ version. Lancaster: ELT well [available from the shop]
Metallinou, A. M. & Smith, A.M. (2015) ‘English Sounds Fun: Book 1 Ready….‘. Lancaster; ELT well.
Kormos, J. & Smith, A.M. (2012) Teaching Languages to Students with Specific Learning Differences (MM Textbooks) . Clevedon Bristol; Multilingual Matters.
Smith, A.M. (2013) Developing “Cognitive Assessments for Multilingual Learners”. In Tsagari, D. and Spanoudis, G. (Eds.) (2013) Assessing L2 Students with Learning and Other Disabilities (Linguistics) . Chapter 8. Newcastle; Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Smith, A.M. (2010) ‘Adapting Assessment Procedures for learners with different first languages’ PATOSS Bulletin 23(1): 37-42.
Smith, A.M. (2010) ‘Exam Access Arrangements for ESOL students’ Language Issues 21(1):53-57.
Smith, A.M. (2008) ‘TEFL Training for Inclusive Classrooms’ Paper presented at the IATEFL Research Special Interest Group Conference: Exploring English Language Learning and Teaching Konin, Poland.
Smith, A.M. (2008) ‘Teachers’ and trainers’ perceptions of inclusive education within TEFL certificate courses in Britain’ in Language Learners with Special Needs: An International Perspective (Second Language Acquisition) J. Kormos & E. Kontra (Eds.) Clevedon; Multilingual Matters.
Smith, A.M (2006) Inclusion in English Language Teacher Training and Education (PDF 1.3mb) [new window]. Unpublished PhD Thesis; Lancaster University
Smith, A.M. (2006) ”Learning difficulties’ or teaching challenges?’ in IATEFL 2006 Harrogate Conference Selections B. Beaven (Ed.) Canterbury; IATEFL.
Smith, A. M. (2005) ‘The ABC of TEFL: Special Educational Needs (SEN).’ IATEFL Voices 186: 13.
Bogdashina, O. (2004) Communication Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome . London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Goulandris, N. (Ed.) (2003) Dyslexia in different languages: cross-linguistic comparisons . London; Whurr publishers.
Grant, D. (2010) That’s the Way I Think: Dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD explained (2nd Edition) . Abingdon: Routledge.
Kormos, J. (2017) The second language learning processes of students with specific learning difficulties. London: Routledge.
Kormos, J. and Kontra, E. H. (2008) Language learners with special needs : an international perspective . Bristol; Multilingual Matters.
Martin, D. (2013) Researching Dyslexia in Multilingual Settings. Bristol; Multilingual Matters.
Nijakowska, J. (2010). Dyslexia in the Foreign Language Classroom (Second Language Acquisition) Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
Schneider, E. & Crombie, M. (2003) Dyslexia and Foreign Language Learning London; David Fulton Publishers.
Swan, M. and Smith, B. (Eds) (2001) Learner English: a teacher’s guide to interference and other problems . Cambridge: CUP.
Tsagari, D. and Spanoudis, G. (Eds.) (2013) Assessing L2 Students with Learning and Other Disabilities (Linguistics) . Newcastle; Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Links to free courses on the topic:
This is the updated version of the hugely successful British Council ELTon award-winning European project. The materials are freely available, but there is no accreditation and no interaction. However, teachers are able to dip and out of the 10 units as they wish.
This online course usually runs for four weeks from late April, during which time there will be tutors on duty to answer questions, and a very active discussion board where participants from all over the world can share ideas and experiences. Certificates of participation are available.
Links to organisations offering information, training and resources in this area:
Explore these links, for further information and local contacts in your area (some pages may take a few seconds to connect – please be patient!):
- The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service.
- The National Autistic Society (includes information about Asperger’s syndrome).
- Dyslexia Action.
- The British Dyslexia Association.
- The Dyspraxia Foundation.
These organisations provide equipment and assistive technology:
If you are an English language teacher looking for more information about how dyslexia affects language learning and how you can include your dyslexic learners, please see the training page for information about half-day and whole-day ELT well workshops coming up, or how to arrange your own bespoke event.