Teaching Russian as a foreign language for children

Bad Request There was an error in your request. Educational Consultant teaching Russian as a foreign language for children in Dyslexia, and Associate Lecturer for the Open University. My research into foreign language learning in schools took place mainly in the early nineties when modern foreign language learning was becoming compulsory for all children in the first four years of secondary school. At that time I was teaching learners with dyslexia full time, and parents were frequently asking me if their children should not be taken out of language learning.

Further investigation led me to two researchers in the United States – Le Ganschow and Richard Sparks, and Le was good enough to send me some details of the work which they had done on the other side of the Atlantic. This was a start, but as their research did not relate directly to school learning, I decided that this should be the topic for my Masters degree which I was about to embark upon. However, this did not convince me that pupils with dyslexia should not study another language. It did however make it all the more important that the right methods of teaching were in place, and since then I have spent considerable time and effort in identifying the approaches and strategies that are most likely to meet with success. I continue to maintain an interest in this area of learning. Some tips to help support learners with dyslexia.

A handout from the British Dyslexia Association’s International Conference held in in March 2004. Every class teacher’s guide to removing barriers and raising attainment by Moira Thomson. Moira Thomson, an experienced teacher and manager with considerable knowledge of dyslexia, has taken a vast amount of current thinking and up-to-date research and put together this easy-to-follow guide. Whatever their current or previous level of knowledge, all will be able to find something that will enable them to help pupils cope with the various subjects in the best ways possible.

Several chapters on MFL, including Chapter 24:’Teaching Modern Foreign Languages to Dyslexic Learners: A Scottish Perspective’. Published in association with the British Dyslexia Association by David Fulton Publishers 2000. Published with BDA by David Fulton Publishers 2001. By Elke Schneider and Margaret Crombie.

Published with BDA by David Fulton Publishers 2003. Mahfoudhi – ‘Reading and reading disabilities in Spanish and Spanish-English contexts. Nata Goulandris, published by Whurr 2003. The languages researched are German, Dutch, Greek, Polish, Russian, Swedish, French, Norwegian, Hebrew, Indian languages, Japanese languages and Chinese, as well as difficulties faced by bilingual children.