Date: Tuesday 15 December

Theme: When faced with a text and expected to extract information, a learner with dyslexia may well see an impossible task. This webinar will explore some of the learner’s difficulties and suggest practical strategies and techniques for teachers who want to support struggling readers and improve their reading comprehension.

Emerging readers learn to read but the ultimate aim for all learners is that they will read to learn. This webinar will explore some of the reasons – apart from decoding difficulties - why this is a struggle for learners with dyslexia and suggest practical ways in which teachers can help struggling readers to approach a text and to extract the necessary information.

The techniques will be immediately applicable and can be adapted to suit different age levels and language abilities. Through their use, the learner should be able to approach text with practical tools and with more confidence.

About the speaker

Originally from Ireland, Bríd Ní Chatháin is currently Head of English (Primary) at the Nelson Mandela International School in Berlin, Germany. In addition to classroom duties, she is responsible for Admissions Language Testing, for Learning Support and Individual Teaching Intervention for learners with Dyslexia. She holds an International Diploma in Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Literacy.


Useful links

  • Online course: TeachingEnglish Special Educational Needs (SEN) course
  • Seminar recording: Identifying and working with dyslexic students
  • Research Paper: Perceptions and Strategies of Learning in English by Singapore Primary School Children with Dyslexia
  • Webinar recording: Judit Kormos and Joanna Nijakowska: Successful inclusion for dyslexic students in the English language classroom
  • Webinar recording: David Crabtree: Developing a whole school approach to Special Educational Needs, from policy to practice
  • Voices blog post: How teachers can help learners with dyslexia