In this age of globalisation, people who do not speak a foreign language are at a serious disadvantage in the job market. It is therefore of great relevance that learners with learning disabilities are also provided with equal and appropriate opportunities to acquire a second or foreign language. The aim of the book is to give readers an insight into the language learning process of learners with disabilities. The articles discuss the learning process and the teaching of dyslexic as well as hearing impaired learners in various parts of the world, from the USA and Canada to England, Norway, Poland and Hungary. The intended audience of the book is language teachers, MA and MEd students, and researchers in the field of SLA, applied linguistics, or special education.
Judit Kormos is a senior lecturer at the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University. She is the editor of the volume Language Learners with Special Needs: An International Perspective. She was the principal investigator of a research and teacher training project on the language learning processes of dyslexic and Deaf learners in Hungary. Edit H. Kontra is associate professor at the Department of English Applied Linguistics of Eoetvoes Lorand University, Budapest. Her main research interest lies in individual differences, language testing and the methodology of teaching EFL.
Introduction - Judit Kormos and Edit H. Kontra 1. L1 and L2 Literacy, Aptitude, and Affective Variables as Discriminators among High- and Low-achieving L2 Learners with Special Needs - Richard L. Sparks, Leonore Ganschow and Jon Patton 2. Writing Abilities in First and Second Language Learners with and without Reading Disabilities - Katherine Ndlovu and Esther Geva 3. Second Language Assessment in Dyslexia: Principles and Practice - Turid Helland 4. Input, Processing and Output Anxiety in Students with Symptoms of Developmental Dyslexia - Ewa Piechurska-Kuciel 5. Vocabulary Learning in Dyslexia - The Case of a Hungarian Learner - Agnes Sarkadi 6. An Experiment with Direct Multisensory Instruction in Teaching Word Reading and Spelling to Polish Dyslexic Learners of English - Joanna Nijakowska 7. Deaf EFL Learners Outside the School System - Agnes Bajko and Edit H. Kontra 8. Hungarian Teachers' Perceptions of Dyslexic Language Learners - Judit Kormos and Edit H. Kontra 9. Teachers' and Trainers' Perceptions of Inclusive Education within TEFL Certificate Courses in Britain - Anne Margaret Smith