Dyslexia, Bilingualism, and Learning a Second Language: dyslexia in bilinguals and second language learners

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability and has been the object of much research published in books, chapters, and articles. Unfortunately, we know much less about dyslexia in bilinguals, in second language learners, or in students schooled in a second language. The latter can be in immersion or bilingual school programs or can come from minority language groups being educated in the majority language. In this interview, Psychology Today talked to Dr. Fred Genesee, Professor [...]

Dyslexia: Language and childhood

People with dyslexia around the world reveal the challenges of growing up and working with this condition. We also hear from scientists and educators working at the cutting edge of dyslexia learning and research. Reading and writing are fundamental tools in most societies, necessary for even the most basic of tasks. For the person with dyslexia this can cause an agonising disjuncture from an early age. Many dyslexic people will recall the difficulties of decoding words, the horror of the [...]

Teacher wellbeing: Five lessons from the experts

The National Health service (NHS) in the UK recognizes five steps to mental health and wellbeing. When Katherine Bilsborough first came across them, she was struck by how simple the advice is and also how appropriate it is for the teaching profession. The steps are based on evidence and the NHS claim that trying these things ‘could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life’. In this article, Katherine Bilsborough summarizes each point and adds a personal note about [...]

Distance learning and English language learners

Teachers and students around the globe have been facing challenging times as we face the COVID-19 pandemic. For many of our students and their families, these challenging times have turned into a crisis. Though a vaccine might offer signs of hope, it’s going to be many months until its distribution has a substantial positive impact on our communities. In this post, Larry Ferlazzo offers a number of suggestions that educators around the world might or might not find helpful as they craft [...]

Edgar Allan Poe and horror stories

This task sequence was created as a final product for Didática da Língua Inglesa, a discipline taught at UFRGS, as part of the English teaching curriculum. It was planned for the last year of high school. The activities were designed around the horror theme and the tale “The Black Cat”, by Edgar Allan Poe.

Social Projects: a lesson plan on the Playing for Change Foundation

This lesson plan aims to raise discussion and awareness on the topics of social projects and volunteering. It was planned by the author to be used with teenagers at school-level as a complement to the students’ textbook unit about volunteer work, however, it can be used on its own. It presents reading, video, and song […]

The synopsis genre and cinema in an English Language classroom

This class was designed for a teaching Project proposal during my time in the discipline Practicum II, under the orientation of my previous Practicum professor, and was part of a three-class series that explored genres connected to movie watching and cinema. In the Project, I focused argumentation as a resourceful tool for the students, and […]

What if?

This task sequence is focused on discussing work relations through a classic book. We have designed it based on a group of youth and adult education in order to make them think about social classes and power, asking themselves “What if?” during the process of reading a different and mostly visual textual genre: the graphic […]

Beauty and the Beast: working social issues through the adaptations

This task sequence aims at pointing out social issues, such as abusive relationships, harassment and other types of violence on “Beauty and the Beast”, both animation and live action movie, for their differences are taken into consideration. The target public were 7th grade students and the classes were instructed in English and in Portuguese. Languages […]

Utilizando a Literatura no ensino da língua inglesa

All of the materials are based on authentic texts or stories written especially for secondary learners and are designed to engage and motivate teenagers as well as develop their understanding of important themes and encourage personal, social and emotional development. Written by young learner experts from around the world, our ideas for using stories and […]