Dyslexia: a Challenge for Students and Language Teachers

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Thursday 16 May

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P R E S E N T A T I O N
Dyslexia: a Challenge for Students and Language Teachers,
Ms. Karin Martin, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria
Place: B5-27

Time: 15.00 – 15.45
Description: This contribution aims at raising awareness about the difficulties of language learning when learners are affected by dyslexia. The term developmental dyslexia refers to a peculiar difficulty in acquiring the ability to read properly. However, international research has shown that it is not a simple disorder, but rather a very complex and articulated syndrome. Thanks to the great mobility of todays world, more and more children have the chance to grow up with more than one language and thus experience the fascinating, not always simple, bilingual language development. For a child with developmental dyslexia, learning a foreign language could be a struggling burden. At the same time, several studies in the field of bilingualism confirmed the idea that speaking more languages can be an advantage for dyslexic children in several aspects of language learning. So, what is the connection between dyslexia, language learning and bilingualism? Let’s find it out together.