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Teaching Adults with Dyslexia

Research on and awareness for dyslexia has only increased in recent years which means that you may also find undiagnosed dyslexic adult learners in your course.

This makes it all the more important being able to identify learning differences and to cater for them.

Awareness Raising for Teaching Adult Language Learners with Dyslexia

Recent research shows that between 10-15% of the population are affected by dyslexia but the general knowledge about this condition remains low. Dyslexia often goes beyond difficulties with spelling and reading – dyslexic students may acquire new knowledge and skills in a different way and this of course applies to learning foreign languages, too. Having a shorter working memory span or not being able to read aloud and to pay attention to meaning at the same time are only two examples that a language teacher should be aware of. Raising awareness of possible strengths and weaknesses of dyslexic language learners is a first step to cater for these learning differences.

There is a lot language teachers can do to help dyslexic students: amending the classroom environment, changing teacher-student / student-student communication and interaction as well as applying differentiation techniques. We encourage all of our teachers to take the subject-specific free online course on Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching for their own professional development and to receive an overview on current knowledge about the nature of dyslexia, as well as provide language teachers with a range of useful techniques and tools to help dyslexic students.

View our Current Vacancies for teaching opportunities in the UK and worldwide.

View our Online Teaching Resources for teaching activities, exercises, lesson plans, and audio – visual materials for the language that you teach.

Why Work For Cactus Language?

Find out the specific benefits of working for Cactus. What opportunities, support and professional development you will be given as part of the Cactus Language Teaching Team.

What Are We Looking For?

Our teachers are experienced, qualified, committed and reliable. Find out what are specific requirements are for becoming a Cactus Language Teacher. Am I eligible?

The Cactus Teaching Team

The operations team and academic team at Cactus Language is on hand to answer your logistic and academic questions and ensure you have the tools and information you need to do the best job possible. Find out who we are.

For information on becoming a Cactus Language teacher call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any question you may have.

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Frequently asked questions

What will I learn?

Our Course Outlines give an overview of the content and learning framework of Cactus courses. Includes themes, grammar and vocabulary you can typically expect to cover. These are intended as a guide only. Language teachers may at times adapt the course content to suit the specific level, aims and interests of the class.

How do I know what level I am?

Are you unsure where to start or progress to? Then take our level test and read our level descriptions for guidance.

Do I receive a qualification or certificate?

At the end of your course you receive a certificate of participation. You will be able to be download it from your MyCactus account. This confirms the language and level of course you have taken. Our course levels are based on two internationally recognised systems. You will have a universally accepted reference for your studies. (Important: Please note that you must complete the end of course questionnaire sent to you to be able to get your certificate! You will receive the course questionnaire by e-mail at the end of your course.)

Do I need a course book?

You will need a course book to attend your course. Course books are not included in the course fees. We recommend that you buy your own course book separately before your course starts. We will let you know which course book you will require and advise where you can purchase this. Please note that a course book often covers more than one level. So if you progress to the next course, you may not necessarily need to buy a new book. Again, we will advise you of this at the time. The course book is chosen by our teachers and academic team. This is based on which book is most suitable for the level of the class whilst offering the most communicative approach.

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