How To Help Dyslexic Learners
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As English as a Foreign Language teachers, we usually can’t choose our students. Our learners may be any age, come from a range of backgrounds and have differing learning styles, interests and personalities. While this should only add to the fun of teaching, it can also add elements of difficulty. This is because you can never be sure of the characteristics of your students, including any learning difficulties. Considering that 1 in 10 people of any given population is dyslexic, there is a chance you will have at least one dyslexic learner in your EFL class.
What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a language-based disorder which manifests in poor word reading, word decoding, oral reading fluency and spelling. As you can imagine, this would be problematic in a learner’s first language but it would make learning a foreign language much more complicated. However, it is most certainly not impossible and there are a number of strategies you can implement in the classroom to help your dyslexic students.
How you can help dyslexic learners in the EFL classroom
Firstly, be compassionate and patient. Having dyslexia can be frustrating for a language learner and it can affect their motivation and interest levels. The classroom can be a very stressful environment for a dyslexic learner. The teacher needs to encourage and motivate the learners as much as possible to ensure their stress levels are controlled.
For class activities, the teacher should pair students with different abilities together. In this way the students will be able to learn from each other and help one another. In the same way, two learners with learning difficulties should not be paired together for, say, a reading task, as they would not be able to help each other as much as other students would.
Provide your learner with a copy of any notes on the lesson. This will save them the stress of having to take copious notes and instead allow them to focus on the content of the lesson. They can then spend time at home going over the notes and consolidating the lesson at their own pace.
During reading tasks, try to make sure the classroom environment is quiet. If necessary, allow the learner to wear earplugs to block out any noise and allow them to focus their full concentration on reading. Bear in mind that a dyslexic learner may get frustrated if they are expected to read too much so break the reading task down for them as much as possible.
At the beginning of the lesson, provide an overview of the aims of the lesson and what the lesson will involve. Similarly, at the end of the lesson recap what was done during the lesson and what was learnt. This helps dyslexic learners focus on the bigger picture, which helps them to learn.
It can be tricky having a dyslexic learner in your classroom but always bear in mind that it is more difficult for them than it is for you. Try to identify any learners with dyslexia in your classes so you can be sure to make learning as easy as possible for them.
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In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.