The SAGE Handbook of Dyslexia is a comprehensive overview of a complex field. It is a rich, critical assessment of past and present theory and current research, which also looks to the future. The editors have brought together key figures from the international academic world - both researchers and practitioners - to examine the relationships between theoretical paradigms, research and practice, and to map new areas of research.

Dyslexia and Foreign Language Learning

Dyslexia and foreign language learning

This chapter

  • identifies a number of verbal and written language problems students with dyslexia experience in learning a foreign language;
  • discusses the complex process required involving the interaction and application of several skills when learning a foreign language;
  • discusses the role of the orthographic mapping system;
  • highlights the characteristics of dyslexic friendly language instruction; and
  • discusses the role of new technology in assisting with language learning.


The enormous progress in information technology and the globalisation of trade and commerce have increased the need for children and adults to be able to understand and communicate in foreign languages. Learning a foreign language is therefore presently regarded as important in primary as well as in secondary school. Learning at ...

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