About this Course
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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Subtitles: English

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Approx. 25 hours to complete

Suggested: 4-6 hours/week
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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


3 hours to complete

An overview

Writing systems; models of reading acquisition (the ‘decoding’ and ‘direct’ paths); the importance of automatization; bilingualism ...
8 videos (Total 67 min), 11 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
1.1 Introduction by Jenny and Vincent11m
1.2 Writing systems10m
1.3 Models of reading – Part 18m
1.4 Models of reading - Part 210m
1.5 The importance of automatization5m
1.6 Bilingualism – Part 19m
1.7 Bilingualism – Part 28m
Reading11 readings
Start Here!10m
The Course Team10m
Module One10m
Module One | Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module One20m


2 hours to complete

Definitions and identification of dyslexia

Causes; identification; numerous activities include simple methods of observation (not formal diagnosis)...
8 videos (Total 75 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
2.2 Identification – Pre-primary5m
2.3 Identification – Primary5m
2.4 Informal assessment - Part 19m
2.5 Informal assessment - Part 213m
2.6 Informal assessment - Part 38m
2.7 Identification – Later years 19m
2.8 Identification – Later years 211m
Reading2 readings
Module Two10m
Module Two | Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module Two20m


4 hours to complete

'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...
10 videos (Total 75 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Video10 videos
3.2 Vision8m
3.3 Attention8m
3.4 Math(s) (Dyscalculia)7m
3.5 Dyspraxia4m
3.6 Oral language impairment7m
3.7 Psychological aspects – Part 16m
3.8 Psychological aspects – Part 211m
3.9 Positive aspects4m
3.10 Pros and Cons of “labelling”4m
Reading4 readings
Module Three10m
Module Three | Resources and Assessment Information10m
Peer Reviews10m
More tips on uploading your assignment10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module Three20m


4 hours to complete

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...
6 videos (Total 53 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
4.2 Reports on reading12m
4.3 General principles – Part 16m
4.4 General principles – Part 211m
4.5 Subject-specific – Science, History and Math(s)8m
4.6 'Individualization'3m
Reading2 readings
Module Four10m
Module Four | Resources and Assessment Information10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module Four20m


3 hours to complete

Practical teaching approaches Part 2

Multisensory teaching in practice illustrated; comprehension, composition...
14 videos (Total 149 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video14 videos
5.2 Multisensory teaching practice – Manual–kinaesthetic discovery3m
5.3 Multisensory teaching practice – Segmentation9m
5.4 Multisensory teaching practice – The Alphabet12m
5.5 Multisensory teaching practice – 'Blap'14m
5.6 Multisensory teaching practice - Revision of reading cards5m
5.7 Teaching phonological awareness and the alphabetic principle – Part 19m
5.8 Teaching phonological awareness and the alphabetic principle – Part 28m
5.9 Teaching phonological awareness and the alphabetic principle - Part 312m
5.10 Multisensory techniques for reading and spelling – Part 19m
5.11 Multisensory techniques for reading and spelling – Part 214m
5.12 Comprehension - Part 113m
5.13 Comprehension - Part 213m
5.14 Composition12m
Reading2 readings
Module Five10m
Module Five | Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module Five20m


2 hours to complete

Study skills, aids and accommodations

Attention, memory and organization; technological aids especially for reading and writing; examples of accommodations for formal assessments and examinations...
8 videos (Total 78 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
6.2 Accommodations9m
6.3 Technology aids - Reading 110m
6.4 Technology aids – Reading 210m
6.5 Technology aids – Writing 19m
6.6 Technology aids – Writing 28m
6.7 Technology aids – Memory14m
6.8 Organization8m
Reading2 readings
Module Six10m
Module Six | Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
End-of-course quiz40m
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Top Reviews

By LCMay 25th 2017

Excellent course, with highly relevant content and great teachers. Good balance between theory, practical examples and exercises. Now that I've just finished, I feel like starting it again.

By BNOct 27th 2016

I loved this course! It held my interest and I found that the information was delivered in a well structured manner with additional reading links and supporting documentation provided.

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About Dyslexia International

Dyslexia International is a not-for-profit organization. They provide teacher-training programmes that embody latest scientific research to ensure that literacy is taught as effectively as possible in classrooms around the world....

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