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Researching Dyslexia in Multilingual Settings

Researching Dyslexia in Multilingual Settings

Dr. Deirdre Martin



This volume draws together current research on dyslexia and literacy in multilingual settings across disciplines and methodologies. The contributors, all internationally recognised in the field, address developmental and acquired literacy difficulties and dyslexia in a range of language contexts including EAL/EFL. The book uses theories and analytical frameworks of a critical nature to reveal prejudicial social practices, and suggests future research directions towards a critical re-consideration of current understandings of dyslexia in multilingual settings, with a view to foregrounding the potential for interdisciplinarity. The book also suggests ways forward for evidence-informed practice, and it will be a valuable resource for researchers, practitioners and students alike.

Research into reading disability has tended to focus rather too heavily upon the English language. This book offers a valuable corrective that will be of significant interest to all those who seek to understand the problems of those who struggle to read.

Deirdre Martin is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Birmingham, UK. Her research interests include speech, language and literacy disabilities in multilingual contexts, research methods and the relationship between research and professional practice. Her publications include Language Disabilities in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (2009, Multilingual Matters).

This volume constitutes a refreshing and valuable multidisciplinary contribution to the existing literature at the nexus of three intersecting fields: Literacy Studies, Multilingual Studies and the dichotomized field that focuses dyslexia. The contributions in the volume have relevance for both the fields themselves, but also for institutions like schools and work places.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Contents v
Figures and Tables vi
Contributors viii
Acknowledgements xiii
Introduction 1
Deirdre Martin 1
1\tAssessment Approaches for multilingual learners With dyslexia 18
2\tIndividual differences in learning a foreign (Second) Language: A cognitive approach 36
3\tCognitive Intervention to Enhance Foreign Language Reading Comprehension in Adolescents with Dyslexia Difficulties 55
4\tAssessing research on dyslexic language learners in contexts With English as a Foreign Language 74
5\tAcquired dyslexia in bilingual speakers: Implications for models of oral reading 91
6\tImplementation of National Policy on Dyslexia in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language 115
7\tMultilingual Literacies in mainstream classroom contexts 136
8\tBecoming Biliterate within the Crossroads of Home and School: Insights Gained from Taking Multiple Theoretical Stances 157
Index 176