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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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.
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