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building the inclusion in elt resource list

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Some people have asked why I’m making this list of resources, specifically aimed at those working in the ELT industry. I say, why not? Isn’t it about time there was a definitive list of resources available to ELT professionals? I’m hoping that, in time, the list will become invaluable to those of us in the industry and will help inform our practices, both inside and outside of the classroom.

I’ve been thrilled with the response so far. This demonstrates to me that a list like this is desperately needed and if I can make accessing these resources just a little bit easier, then I think we might start seeing a change in the approaches to inclusion in ELT. Of course, it will be impossible for me to include everything in one go, and it might seem like I’m focusing on one particular area at a time – but it’s my intention to find resources for as many different features, so I will eventually get there. I realise it will take time, but I’m more than prepared to keep going.

So, onwards …
In my last post, I highlighted a publication by OUP. This time, Specific Learning Difficulties in ELT from CUP. This is also available as a pdf here. As well as including some practical tips, the document looks at specific difficulties faced when learning an additional language. There are also some useful links at the end.
The lovely people at Acrobat Global have published a second edition of Is That Clear? I’m very grateful to the authors for sending me a copy, and looking at it briefly, the chapters are brief and easy to follow – I think this is going to be one of the go-to books for neurodiversity. I’ll be posting a proper review in time.

I came across this useful presentation by Cecilia Cabrera Martirena. It looks at different aspects of neurodiversity and gives examples of successful people with various neurodiverse features – I think this could be a good way of approaching the subject in classes (and even in publishing) by looking at the lives of some of the people featured in the presentation. There’s lots of scope for class work in relation to this and could be an excellent way of introducing a safe environment in the classroom. Available as a pdf here.

The Handy Little Guide to Dyslexia by Joanna Nijakowska and Pearson looks super interesting and I’m very excited that I found it. It looks at common myths and debunks them, as well as including tips for vocabulary learning, grammar learning and other skills. I’d thoroughly recommend having a look at this. Available as a pdf here.

For those of you looking for a general book focusing on autism, this book by Julie Beadle-Brown and Richard Mills published by Pavilion looks like a good bet. Not only does it cover working in education, but also health and social care and employment. Available from the Pavilion website here.

A little task for anyone reading – if you know of any worthy inclusive practice resources I can include in the list, please do let me know – either on here or LinkedIn.

Another shout out would be if anyone knows who I might be able to contact in regard to inclusivity in ELT examinations, especially IELTS?

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