OnDemand: Multilingualism for the Dyslexic Primary Learner: SASC Authorised

This course is designed for teachers and other professionals to explore the effect of multilingualism on the assessment and screening of primary dyslexic learners.


The phonology-reading connection in multilingual children and the impact of having originally learned languages in different orthographies will be examined.

Course Description

This course is designed for teachers and other professionals to explore the effect of multilingualism on the assessment and screening of dyslexic learners.

There are more than a million children aged 5 – 18 years old in UK schools who speak in excess of 360 languages between them. Based on international research we know that at least 3% of these students will be dyslexic both in their first language and English. A phonological processing deficit seems to be continuous across languages. However, the structure of the student’s first language can create a subtle difference which makes both the assessment and teaching of the learner’s profile problematic.

Cline and Shamsi (2000), identified that EAL learners especially with dyslexia are more likely to have difficulties with vocabulary development due to their dyslexia and EAL language background.

What the Course Covers

The day will cover how to distinguish between the EAL difficulties and dyslexic difficulties the primary Learner faces.

  • Discuss what is meant by multilingualism and the impact one language has on another. Look at the research on multilingualism and dyslexia, and ‘spotting’ the dyslexic with a multilingual background in the classroom.
  • Investigate how coming from a multilingual background effects the assessment of dyslexia.

At the end of the day the participants will gain:

  • Greater understanding of what multilingualism means in terms of the impact of one language on another.
  • How to recognise characteristics of dyslexia in a child from a multilingual background in the classroom
  • Explored the impact of Multilingualism on the use of diagnostic assessment tools which have been standardised on English speaking populations.


No pre-requisites, in terms of qualifications, or resources are needed.


EAL Teachers, Classroom Teachers, SENCO’s, specialist teachers/ assessors and other professionals working with multilingual dyslexic and EAL pupils in primary education. A specialist qualification is not essential for this course. However, the course is very useful for specialist assessors as it enables them to enhance their assessment approach towards EAL primary Learners and to make effective recommendations when writing a report.


This course is on demand and is a recording of a live event.

Delegates will have direct access to the event in the ‘My Online Events’ section of their account for two weeks from the payment date, and can watch as any times as they like during that period. Please allow a few minutes for it to appear, or refresh the page if necessary.

Course Materials

Delegates will be able to download handouts and print off to have with them while watching the recordings.

What our Delegates Say . . . 

'Fantastic presentation - great content and pace. The webinar format makes things so much easier to attend, and I particularly like the thought-provoking Q&A at the end. Thank you!'

'Such a privilege to learn from Dr Muter. Thank you so much. It was very clear and very helpful. Responses to questions provided further information and helped understanding.'

'Thank you SO much for a great webinar! Masses learnt and ready to put into action as I assess a bi lingual learner in a few weeks time! Thank you'

'Very interesting , so good for someone in the field to be speaking and sharing current theories about L2 learners and assessments - incredibly useful.'

Terms & Conditions

Please note, this training must be paid in full before access is given to the webinar. By submitting a booking, you are agreeing to pay Patoss Ltd within 30 days. You are also agreeing to accept our Cancellation/Transfer Policy and Terms and Conditions which are shown at the bottom of the website page 

Delegates will be responsible for ensuring that they have suitable Wi-Fi, hardware and software to enable them to view the webinar.


Sheila Rostill, Webinar Administrator

E: srostill@patoss-dyslexia.org

T:   07956 644 786

When & Where

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Cancellation/Transfer Policy 

Please ignore the date that comes up when you book your ticket. This refers to when the course was set up and does not affect your access to the course. 

SASC Blue Block

1.5 Hours

For those professionals seeking to update an Assessment Practising Certificate, this event will contribute 1.5 hours to the core assessment practice CPD requirements.

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