Supporting children with difficulties in reading and writing

This course is for teachers to learn why some children have so much difficulty with reading and writing, often called 'dyslexia', and to learn more about best practice in teaching literacy to all, in light of recent scientific discoveries.

About The Course

Difficulties with reading and writing, often called ‘developmental dyslexia’, is a complex condition which often presents with other difficulties in maths, short-term memory and concentration.

Children often lose self-esteem and confidence. These problems are found well beyond primary school right up to university level and into the years of employment.

But something can be done, especially if you are acquainted with principles of best practice and what has been discovered by neuroscience and cognitive psychology in the 21st century. We are going to bring to you some of this evidence.    

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I get a Verified Certificate?

Yes but you will need an official identity card or passport, a webcam, be able to work from a keyboard*, and pay a fee. This Certificate will be awarded by Coursera and signed by the University of London. (The button for this track will appear nearer the time.)

(Note that Coursera is now moving towards a single unified certificate and that the Statement of Accomplishment will soon no longer be available.)

          * iPad/Tablet applications are being planned.

  • I am working in Chinese, a non-alphabetical language. Is this course useful to me?

We think so! Dyslexia is found in all cultures but the course relates mainly to English.

Recommended Background

Teachers in training or in post. No specific qualifications are needed but you should have a good level of English.