Dyslexia in the Teaching Environment

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What is the course about?

This highly interactive teacher training course provides a solid introduction to the challenges of dyslexia in education. The course covers a broad span of ideas and activities to enliven lessons and make them more motivating, and places a strong emphasis on developing practical skills and outcomes for the classroom. The course is useful for both those with some experience of dyslexia and those new to the condition. Key topics will be addressed, including characteristics and diagnostic criteria, a structured approach to teaching, recognising different types of discriminatory or exclusive behaviour, and understanding the causes of challenging behaviours, with the aim of developing a range of best practices. Included is an optional team-building activity.

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is for all professionals who want to better understand the challenges of dyslexia within the professional environment. You will learn about what dyslexia is, how it affects the teaching and learning environments, and why understanding dyslexia is so important. Those who will benefit include teachers, teaching assistants, school heads, counsellors, and teacher trainers. This course can also be combined with other SEN courses in consecutive weeks for form a two-week course. Participants need to be at a minimum B1 level of English.

After registration, participants on this course programme will receive:

At the end of the course, you will:

The course ends with an evaluation session, in which you will be asked to reflect upon the knowledge you have gained during the course.

You will also be encouraged in this session to create a Personal Development Action Plan, and select activities that you would like to try out in your own classes.

You will also be invited to join the York Associates Community, which allows networking and contact with the trainers and fellow participants from the programme, as well as learners from York Associates’ other courses.

There is also the opportunity for follow-up online training sessions to further consolidate your learning and reflect on how you are implementing what you learnt on the course into your own contexts.

If you are from a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you will need a visa. Students from certain countries do not need to apply for a visa before arriving in the UK. You can check if you need to apply for a visa on the UK Visas and Immigration website.
We can recommend a few accommodation options. Find out about them on our accommodation page.

In the unlikely event of a course not recruiting sufficient numbers you would be offered an alternative.

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Start date(s)
April 11th 2022 / August 1st 2022 / October 10th 2022
Max. group size
12
Min. age
21
Minimum CEF level
Starting from B1
Course materials
Included
Is Erasmus+ funding available?
In York Course Formats
Price
21 hours
£395
Booking fee
£55

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Sample Course Programme

Week 1Session OneSession Two
Session Three
MONDAYGroup work: examining attitudes to dyslexia

Group work: signs and symptoms of dyslexia
Video session: listening to interviews with dyslexic people (their experience)Input: deepening our understanding of dyslexia – three approaches:
- cognitive
- scientific
- pragmatic
Group work: “Famous dyslexics”
TUESDAYLegal aspects of dyslexia in the UK and EU (legislation)
Group work: navigating the legal minefield (case studies)
Input: ethical dilemmas with dyslexia
How dyslexic people see themselves / their struggles with others’ attitudes
Group discussion
- what is discrimination?
- ethical issues involved with dyslexia
- how should these ethical issues be resolved?
WEDNESDAYDiscussion: applying the cognitive approach to teaching practicePair work and input: multi-sensory approaches to teaching
Input: reporting on and assessing dyslexia in others
Informal presentations – how diagnostic reports can help trainers
Dyslexics reporting on their experiences in the classroom
THURSDAYDyslexia and your teaching situation

What is a dyslexia-friendly website?
Group work: can we change our:
- training establishment
- learning environment?

Pair work: creating an informal ‘code of practice’
Free time / self-study
FRIDAYInput: setting goals for personal and institutional improvement
Creating a personal action plan for the future
Group work: Presentations Individual work: “A letter to myself – where I want to be in the future”

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