Dyslexia Courses Ireland

 

Dyslexia Courses Ireland.  It includes some items that could be of interest to teachers at second level, such as

 

  • Bookshare Ireland is the largest accessible library in the country available for all people with visual impairment or print disabilities.  The service is available to students with dyslexia.
  • The Maths and Dyslexia webinars from the British Dyslexia Association
  • The revision packs designed for students with dyslexia in French, Geography and Science from Oaka Books.

Newsletter 9    March 2020

·       Bookshare Ireland – the largest digital library in the country available free to people with dyslexia

·       CALL Scotland Wheel of iPad Apps on Dyscalculia/Numeracy Difficulties

·       Dyslexia and learning languages

·       Flashcards website www.goconqr.com

·       Free on-line course for language teachers on teaching additional languages to students with dyslexia starting 20th April 2020

·       Latin and Greek plurals

·       Maths webinars for teachers from the British Dyslexia Association

·       Note-taking in class

·       Revision packs for Science, Geography and French designed for students with dyslexia from Oaka

·       Tip on remembering English Quotations in the exam

·       UCC Assistive Technology Outreach videos not currently available

Bookshare Ireland www.bookshare.ie 

Bookshare Ireland is the largest accessible library in the country available for all people with visual impairment or print disabilities.  The service is available to students with dyslexia.

 

Launched in November 2019, it is a partnership between the National Council of the Blind and the Department of Education and Skills.  It is a free service for those who qualify with over half a million books, which are available in a range of formats including audio, digital Braille, Word, and PDF.  For the student with dyslexia, the EasyReaderApp facilitates dyslexia friendly fonts, increased size of font, highlighting text etc.  it is also possible to access audio recordings of books.

If a book is not available, the student can request it and Bookshare will do their best to source an electronic file.  I did a quick search on the book ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’.  It was available as well as Max, Cliff and Worth keynotes on the same book.

CALL Scotland Wheel of iPad Apps on Dyscalculia/Numeracy Difficulties

CALL Scotland which has several very useful wheels of iPad/android apps has just updated its wheel of apps on Dyscalculia/Numeracy Difficulties, removing Apps that are no longer available, updating links and adding 10 more apps. See  www.callscotland.org.uk/downloads/posters-and-leaflets/ .  There are lots of other useful posters on the same site. 

Dyslexia and learning languages

This article from the British Dyslexia Association www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/educator/modern-foreign-languages discusses modern language learning for the student with dyslexia.  It looks at which languages are more suitable, suggesting Spanish, Italian and German are more transparent with a clear letter-sound structure. French, like English, is a relatively opaque language.  This means it does not have clear letter-sound correspondence and has more irregularities.  It then looks at study strategies which can help the student when learning languages. 

Flashcards www.goconqr.com

This is another website to help with learning such as Quizlet and Study Stack.  It helps students to create Mindmaps,  to make flashcards to memorise key facts or information, facilitates making notes and allows students to make quizzes to check what they know and more importantly don’t know. 

Free on-line course on teaching languages to students with dyslexia from University of Leeds. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/dyslexia   Next Start date April 20th 2020. 

This free online course is designed for current and trainee teachers of additional languages. It offers practical tools, as well as theoretical insights, to best accommodate and meet the needs of students with dyslexia in foreign or second language classes. The course gives an up-to-date overview of current theoretical knowledge about the nature of dyslexia and how it affects the learning of additional languages. The free version gives access to the course for 6 weeks.  Upgrades are available.

The teacher will learn about a variety of useful techniques, including recent computer-assisted tools, to help students with dyslexia in acquiring another language.  Practical guidance and advice is also provided on enhancing the phonological awareness, vocabulary knowledge and reading skills of dyslexic language learners.  The materials and tasks in the course are designed to be applicable for various age groups of dyslexic students and for a variety of language learning contexts.

Latin and Greek Plurals

Many students who come on the workshop are totally mystified about the use of Latin and Greek plurals.  They think there is no logic or rules about them.  When told there are only ten main plurals, they are very relieved and surprised they had not been given them earlier.   This is particularly true for those doing Biology and Home Economics at LC level.  The rules are as follows

Singular

Plural

-a

-ae

-en

-ina

-ex

-ices

-is

-es

-itis

-itides

-ix

-ices

-on

-a

-um

-a

-us

-i

 

Thus larva become larvae, bacterium becomes bacteria and so on.  Suddenly what was a morass is easily understood. 

Maths Webinars  from the British Dyslexia Association

The British Dyslexia Association www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/shop/webinars have the following webinars  for teachers on Maths and Dyscalculia.

·        Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties £6

·        What is Dyscalculia £6

·        Some Thoughts on Teaching Maths to students who find Maths difficult: Steve Chinn £6. 

Note-taking tip

Many students with dyslexia have difficulty taking notes from the board.  On the courses we mention the possibility of using a Smart phone to take a picture of the board.  However, there may be difficulties with students having such phones in the classroom.  A suggestion from a teacher on a recent course is that the teacher takes the photograph of the board and shares it, possibly through a platform such as Edmodo. 

Revision packs for Science, Geography and French designed for students with dyslexia from Oaka

Oaka www.oakabooks.co.uk. is a specialist UK publishing company which was set up because there were no text books with which the dyslexic daughter of its founders could work.  The Oaka System helps visual learners retain focus and interest. There are three methods of learning in each topic pack that help to increase the long-term memory recall needed for exams as well as presenting information in a clear and easy to understand format.  

The packs in Science, Geography and French are at KS3 level which is for 11 to 14 year olds. 

Particularly interesting,  the Science pack has been designed specifically for dyslexic pupils, written by science teachers and SEN specialists.  There are 23 science topic packs.  All are fully illustrated and come complete with a topic booklet, a booklet for students to write their own notes as well as a fun revision game with 42 Q&A cards.

Oaka has just published 6 Science Revision packs for the GCSE (K4 level).  The three Chemistry packs are on Chemical Analysis, Electrolytic Processes,  and Electroplating & Purifying with Electrolysis.  The  three Biology packs are Kidney function, Enzymes and Osmosis.   More packs are in the planning process.

Tip on remembering English Quotations in the exam

This tip comes from a 6th year student with dyslexia who finds remembering quotations for Higher level English difficult.  She puts them on flashcards when learning them.  She takes the first letter of each quotation and using Random Word Generator, she makes up a word from these first letters.   When she goes into the exam, the first thing she does is to write down the word and then writes each quotation alongside.  Then when needing a quotation in her answer, she can refer to the quotation already written on the top of the paper.   

UCC Assistive Technology Outreach videos not currently available

Teachers who have attended one of our courses either in a central venue or in their school will know we referenced these videos as a great way to see practical examples of Assistive Technology being used.  In particular we mentioned the videos on Mindmaps.  At the moment this service is not available.  The site is being updated.  Let’s hope it is back soon.  

©W.McCormack www.dyslexiacourses.ie 2020

 

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