Dyslexia

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Dyslexia (/dɪsˈleksɪə/) is a developmental condition characterised by difficulty reading, despite normal intelligence.[1]

Dyslexics often have trouble spelling, reading quickly, writing out words, subvocalisation, and understanding text.

English can present more problems than other languages due to English's somewhat irregular spelling. Often highly intelligent dyslexic people can compensate for their lack of reading ability.

In our context, dyslexia may affect both students and teachers.

They often need extra help with English. Adapting methods, e.g. replacing reading activities with listening, might be helpful.


The opposite of dyslexia is hyperlexia.

Teachers with dyslexia[edit | edit source]

Teachers with dyslexia can be effective,[2] since in most general roles people-teaching skills are more important than language-teaching skills. Nevertheless, certain specialist roles may be beyond the abilities of those with severe dyslexia. Teachers with dyslexia may need to pay more attention to language analysis in class preparation. Such teachers often can directly relate to the difficulties faced by English language learners with dyslexia, which can help develop empathy and develop students' coping strategies.

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