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"What is #dyslexia ?" | OxfordWords blog

"What is #dyslexia ?" | OxfordWords blog | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
As it is Dyslexia Awareness Week, we asked three guest contributors to explain how their experiences of dyslexia affect their relationship with language.
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A Dos & Don'ts Visual Guide for Teachers : DYSLEXIA mind-map | edchat mindmap

A Dos & Don'ts Visual Guide for Teachers : DYSLEXIA mind-map | edchat mindmap | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
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Quite an attractive and efficient mind-map to me : it plainly displays the most common difficulties dyslexics daily have to face.

Therefore it proves most handy for us teachers -a kind of "Dos & Don'ts" facilitating tool :o)

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As for facilitating dyslexics' reading (which fonts are best ??), also see:

>> http://sco.lt/8fJb4T

 

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Noreen L's comment, April 4, 2014 3:33 AM
Great find! Thanks for sharing! :)
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The PIRLS Reading Result - Better than You May Realize (D. Willingham) ~ A key to understand DYSLEXICS' difficulties in English ?

The PIRLS Reading Result - Better than You May Realize (D. Willingham) ~ A key to understand DYSLEXICS' difficulties in English ? | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

"[...] the results of the 2011 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) were published. [...]  There's a small but decisive factor that is often forgotten in these discussions : differences in orthography across languages. Lots of factors go into learning to read. The most obvious is learning to decode  -learning the relationship between letters and (in most languages) sounds. Decode is an apt term. The correspondence of letters and sound is a code that must be cracked.
In some languages the correspondence is relatively straightforward, meaning that a given letter or combination of letters reliably corresponds to a given sound. Such languages are said to have a shallow orthography. Examples include Finnish, Italian, and Spanish.
In other languages, the correspondence is less consistent. English is one such language. [...]"

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Which probably also explains why English is such a hard school subject for French dyslexic learners. The article offers a relevant insight.

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DYSLEXIA | Police pour aider les dyslexiques (Korben) ~ OpenDyslexic, a new font

DYSLEXIA | Police pour aider les dyslexiques (Korben) ~ OpenDyslexic, a new font | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Être dyslexique, c'est un vrai problème pour des milliers de personnes. Il s'agit d'un trouble qui empêche une personne d'identifier correctement des lettres, des syllabes ou des mots. Pas simple à gérer au quotidien surtout à notre époque et dans notre société ou l'écrit constitue une grande partie de notre communication. En réaction à cela, …
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OpenDyslexic, est une police libre et gratuite : d'après les premières réactions des personnes dyslexiques l'ayant testée, "elle a amélioré leur vie".

D'une manière générale, employer une police Sans Serif/empattements.

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To type handouts/documents for dyslexic learners, we'd better use Sans Serif fonts. Yet, Times New Roman (the most common default font for word processors) is a Serif font... which will thus make things pretty harder to them !

OpenDyslexic font is specifically aimed at dyslexic readers :

>> http://www.dafont.com/fr/open-dyslexic.font

It's free (as in beer !) and an open source font. Its author tells us "It is [...] licensed under a CC license. Even though this font has a way to go, you can download it and use it today. You can use it as a system font [ ... or on] your website [... or] package it with an ebook reader."

If you're in a hurry and have no time to download/installing it, you'll find 'Arial' font quite handy : it's displayed by every word processor.

Should you print handouts for them, all you need is to enlarge its size  (eg 14).

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