“The Good Start Method for English” or how to support development, prevent and treat risk of dyslexia in children learning English as a second language

Katarzyna Bogdanowicz , Marta Bogdanowicz


Children with developmental dyslexia and at its risk have difficulties in the acquisition of foreign languages, especially non-transparent English. The problems of such pupils concern various aspects of the language system but in particular relate to the ability to read and spell. The research literature dedicated to effective preventative methods and dyslexia treatment suggests that both children with dyslexia and at its risk need phonological awareness training and multi-sensory learning. It is also known that prevention and early treatment is more effective than therapeutic intervention used in older students. Experts in foreign language acquisition recommend that children have contact with longer oral texts and live language (e.g., poems and songs). A recently-published report on the methods of English language teaching in Polish primary schools shows that the lessons conducted there do not realise the majority of the aforementioned recommendations. As a consequence, they do not serve any pupils including those with dyslexia and at its risk. A method which meets most of the demands mentioned above is “The Good Start Method for English”. It is a new program of teaching the English language designed for five to seven-year-olds, which at the same time ensures support for the psychomotor development of children, leading to acceleration in learning progress.
Author Katarzyna Bogdanowicz
Katarzyna Bogdanowicz,,
, Marta Bogdanowicz (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Marta Bogdanowicz,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
Journal seriesPolish Psychological Bulletin, ISSN 0079-2993, e-ISSN 1641-7844, (B 15 pkt)
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishrisk of dyslexia, development’s support, prevention, therapy, early second language acquisition, English
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
URL https://www.degruyter.com/downloadpdf/j/ppb.2016.47.issue-3/ppb-2016-0032/ppb-2016-0032.xml
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 0.251
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