Dyslexia in the Teaching Environment Course Detail

Fast Facts

Start dates:10 - 14 April 2017
10 - 14 July 2017
16 - 20 October 2017
Max. group size:12
Entry level:B1
Min. age:23
Course materials:Included
Hours/week:21
Price:£295
Terms and conditions

Target Audience

This course is for all professionals working in education, whether in the classroom, in management, marketing or administration, who want to better understand the challenges of teaching adults with dyslexia. Participants need to be at a B1 level of English.

Course Summary

By following this course, you will develop an understanding of the challenges of teaching adults with dyslexia. You will learn how to recognise the traits of dyslexia, break down any misunderstandings about the condition, manage learning styles, create trust with learners, recognise different types of discriminatory or exclusive behaviour and become familiar with areas of EU law concerning dyslexia. You will also be given practical ideas for working with those with dyslexia, whether in the classroom, in management, marketing or administration.

Preparation

This course does not require any mandatory preparation but suggested reading lists will be provided. Participants will also be sent a pre-course questionnaire to assess their educational contexts and how they feel they need to develop their understanding of the topic to support their professional context. This will help to fully customise the course to their educational contexts. They will also receive information about York to help them prepare for their cultural experience.

Objectives

The primary aim of this course is to support any form of educator involved in teaching / training adults, including those involved in English language and communication skills, and those who may have dyslexia, to understand how to integrate an understanding of the challenges of teaching and training people with dyslexia, into their working contexts. Participants will develop an understanding of the skills needed to resolve these challenges and how these skills can be developed within the classroom and the wider teaching / training environment.

We aim to provide:

  • solid understanding of key challenges including recognising the traits of dyslexia, breaking down misunderstandings concerning the condition, understanding the positives of dyslexia, becoming acquainted with areas of EU law concerning dyslexia, managing learning styles, creating trust, recognising different types of discriminatory or exclusive behaviour, etc.
  • practical ideas on how to teach those with dyslexia as well as those without, without creating extra work for the teacher; and how to build a positive and accessible environment both inside and outside the classroom
  • an environment for participants to share best practices and transfer of knowledge to others

Methodology

This course will be taught interactively with expert facilitator input, video case studies, group work, peer coaching and feedback. Participants are expected to take an active role in all the sessions, developing their own skills while thinking about how to support others, including their colleagues. The training will also stimulate a great deal of personal reflection in participants as to their own approaches to core interpersonal challenges, with excellent opportunities for personal growth.

Follow Up

At the end of the course, participants will summarise their learning points and complete a personal action plan to assist them transfer the learning to practice. Participants will be provided with a wide range of references and institutional addresses for further reading and potential personal development. They are invited to join the York Associates Community, which allows networking and contact with the trainers and fellow colleagues, and with participants from other courses.

Sample Course Programme

Week 1
Session 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”

Next steps: resources, further qualifications, certification etc.

About the Trainer

Associate Trainer

General and specialist English and international communication skills trainer, teacher trainer, 20 years + international experience (eg. Germany, Switzerland, Peru), German speaker.

Areas of special interest

Dyslexia awareness, autism, SEN, history and culture, intercultural awareness, sales

Accreditations

Developing People Internationally (York Associates)

Qualifications

  • MA University of Wales, CTEFLA
  • PhD (in progress) University of York
 

Course Summary

By following this course, you will develop an understanding of the challenges of teaching students with dyslexia. You will learn how to recognise the traits of dyslexia, break down any misunderstandings about the condition, manage learning styles, create trust with learners, recognise different types of discriminatory or exclusive behavior and become familiar with areas of EU law concerning dyslexia. You will also be given practical ideas for working with those with dyslexia, whether in the classroom, in management, marketing or administration. You will also improve your general English with a focus on fluency as well as the four key skills areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Follow Up

At the end of the course, participants will summarise their learning points and complete a personal action plan to assist them transfer the learning to practice. Participants will be provided with a wide range of references and institutional addresses for further reading and potential personal development. They are invited to join the York Associates Community, which allows networking and contact with the trainers and fellow colleagues, and with participants from other courses.