- To analyse Argentina’s 27306 national law and its requirements to ensure dyslexic or other SEN (Special Educational Needs) students receive equity in educational opportunities.
- To help teachers recognise typical signs of dyslexia in order to inform educational psychologists at school and provide the former with useful strategies to create a dyslexia-friendly classroom.
- To reflect on neurodiversity, building on our students’ strengths and fostering inclusion in our mixed-ability class.
- To propose multisensory techniques together with literary activities that benefit dyslexic and all students.
Multi -sensory teaching is highly beneficial for all students, and more so for those with dyslexia and other learning difficulties. We’ll share how performance poetry can become the ideal springboard to introduce dyslexic students to the literary world. Laughter and body movement help self-conscious learners relax, lower their affective filter and derive enjoyment from the class. It is the purpose of our talk to show how literature, when endowed with a playful and emotive frame, proves enormously effective in the EFL class.
Firstly, we will examine how the dyslexic brain works when reading and when learning a foreign language. Once having done so, we will suggest teaching strategies for dyslexic students to enjoy and benefit from the use of literary texts in the EFL class. We intend to show how, in the end, all students in a mixed-ability class profit from the teaching of literature and a teaching methodology accommodated to dyslexic students.
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