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Re-using features of English as a foreign language (EFL) materials for special needs students of the same age group

Greene, Cara N. (2006) Re-using features of English as a foreign language (EFL) materials for special needs students of the same age group. In: DigitalStream Conference 2006, 23-25 March 2006, California, USA.

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Abstract

This paper identifies a lack of age-appropriate literacy software for dyslexic teenagers in Irish classrooms and investigates the features of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) software that could be helpful to dyslexic students. There are often two distinct special learner groups within the same classroom: special needs students with reading difficulties in their native language and EFL students. While there are clear differences between these two groups, there is some overlap in their linguistic difficulties, e.g. spelling. There is a lack of age-appropriate software aimed at dyslexic teenagers; most software used is aimed at dyslexic children. However, a lot of materials are available for teenage EFL students. The paper discusses a survey of teenage dyslexic students and teachers/tutors of dyslexic teenagers, which identified student needs and desired features/exercises for curriculum-focused Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) software for dyslexic students that the author is developing. Results show overlap of features and exercises present in existing EFL software.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:literacy software; EFL; special needs students;
Subjects:Social Sciences > Educational technology
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > National Centre for Language Technology (NCLT)
Official URL:http://php.csumb.edu/wlc/ojs/index.php/ds/issue/view/2
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:15276
Deposited On:10 Mar 2010 15:55 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 10 Mar 2010 15:55

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