For many learners with SPLDs (Special Learning Differences), such as dyslexia, learning is/was not fun at most schools. Many educational systems are based on memorisation – in the case of languages memorising vocabulary and grammar rules. A student with dyslexia cannot really cope with all that, especially if he/she doesn’t receive special instructions.
Does this sound like you?
Having a short attention span is typical. This means that if you have dyslexia, you often cannot stay focused for more than 10-15 minutes.
Understanding written texts and/or spoken language and processing the information can take much longer for you than for other learners.
Writing is also hard, due to spelling and mixing up words.
We understand all that.
As dyslexia is a language-based disability, learning a foreign language can be really challenging for the learners and teachers alike.
15-20% of the population have some of the symptoms of dyslexia. It can cause different learning difficulties to each person, and these difficulties can vary greatly in seriousness.
But there are ways to overcome these difficulties! Adjustments can be made to make learning more enjoyable and effective. For example, here at KnowledgePond we present only a small amount of work at once for our learners with dyslexia, we provide guided practice and balance presentations and activities. We use multi-sensory approach to integrate reading, writing and spelling with other skills simultaneously.
We have up-to-date techniques to assist dyslexic learners to memorise vocabulary – which is an undoubtedly important part of learning a foreign language, to learn sound letter relationships, to develop reading, writing and grammar skills.
We are understanding and accepting teachers. We care about your language learning. Achieving success in language learning is possible even with serious symptoms of dyslexia with the appropriate teaching techniques.
Come and join us; we will not give up till you speak English well!