Supporting children with difficulties in reading and writing (Coursera)

Supporting children with difficulties in reading and writing (Coursera)
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Supporting children with difficulties in reading and writing (Coursera)
This course is for teachers to learn why some children have so much difficulty with reading and writing, often called 'dyslexia', and to learn more about best practice in teaching literacy to all in light of recent scientific discoveries. Participation in or completion of this online course will not confer academic credit for University of London programmes

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Syllabus


Week 1

An overview

Writing systems; models of reading acquisition (the ‘decoding’ and ‘direct’ paths); the importance of automatization; bilingualism


Week 2

Definitions and identification of dyslexia

Causes; identification; numerous activities include simple methods of observation (not formal diagnosis)


Week 3

'Co-morbidity', and psychological and social aspects

The ‘dys’-constellation (dyspraxia, dyscalculia etc); audition; vision; loss of self-esteem; long-term effects of school drop-out and antisocial behaviour – evidence from Canada; ‘positive’ aspects of dyslexia and unusual aptitudes; discussion around pros and cons of ‘labelling’ a child


Week 4

Practical teaching approaches Part 1

General principles of inclusion; structured, multisensory, phonics-based and metacognitive approaches; summaries of recent influential reports of best practice from France, the UK and USA; applying these approaches across the curriculum; learning styles; reading, spelling, comprehension and composition; visualization and mind-mapping


Week 5

Practical teaching approaches Part 2

Multisensory teaching in practice illustrated; comprehension, composition


Week 6

Study skills, aids and accommodations

Attention, memory and organization; technological aids especially for reading and writing; examples of accommodations for formal assessments and examinations



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