Dyslexia comes from the old Greek language, “dys” means “limited” and “lexie” means “word”. It literally means that someone is limited with words. Nobody probably realized how difficult this word is to write, especially for dyslectic people!
In the 21 years I was a teacher of English and a career counsellor, I dealt with lots of students with dyslexia. I soon discovered there are many forms of dyslexia and that not one person is the same in this. One student I remember had trouble reading out loud because she twisted letters around which made it hard. Most students had difficulties with the spelling of words. Others didn’t know the difference between b d and p. Sometimes it was a combination of many things. Although those students had one thing in common, they all “hated reading with a passion!” It is however extremely important for dyslectic people to read, without any practice reading will become worse and worse.
Dyslexia is not curable, it will stick on you for the rest of your life. This doesn’t mean that people with dyslexia are stupid, on the contrary. There are many famous people who suffer from dyslexia. Richard Branson: the British millionaire, Steven Spielberg: one of the most famous movie directors in the world, Tom Cruise: who doesn’t know this famous movie star? What about Jamie Oliver: one of the best known chefs in the world? Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb had a form of dyslexia.
Most people can understand a tekst just fine, for people who have dyslexia this is not the case. It is as if they read a tekst full of holes, it is incomplete, sometimes it doesn’t even make sense. Lots of people with dyslexia “invent” words and put extra words in a tekst to keep up the façade that they have no problem in reading it. They also do this so they can keep up the speed of reading. Speed is another big problem, well more like “the lack of speed”. It takes a lot longer for dyslectic people to read the tekst and to understand what they’ve read. Often they need to re-read the tekst and this costs time.
I always stood up for students with dyslexia. Many schools didn’t think it was worth spending extra money on students with dyslexia. They thought it was a lot of trouble to get special tests for them or give them extra time for tests. We tested if students performed better if they got extra time and they did, so we thought it was worth the extra time for our students. My students were always grateful that I put in extra time so they could finish their test. So I would always recommend, give dyslectic people extra time to read, be nice and always be kind.
Lots of dyslectic people give up very easily when they are asked to do certain tasks, lack of confidence is the biggest threat in this. Dyslectic students had the right to let a teacher read out a question out loud during a test. Some students made use of this right, some simply forgot. Extra time for tests is a right they have and I spent many breaks in my classroom to let students finish their test.
Sounds are very important for dyslectic people. That’s why it’s so important to hear a language.
Word Jo is very much suitable for dyslectic people. Hearing words, especially in a foreign language is very good for developing “an ear” for this language. In WordJo you will constantly hear words with our special listening training built in into the game.
Within the game, words are constantly repeated and you will not only see the words, you will hear them constantly too. This is unique for language learning and very much needed in understanding when a person speaks back to you. The level “spelling” will train the spelling of words in combination of the pronunciation of words. Also here you will be trained in hearing and writing at the same time. This is very useful for writing the language you are studying. Studies have shown that a lot of practice and input of words improves your language skills considerably.
Play, practice, listen and learn every day. It’s important fort he development of language and eventually also for confidence.
Practice, practice, practice!
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