184: ELT and SpLD support with Dr. Anne Margaret Smith


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ELT well was set up in 2005 to bridge the gap between English Language Teaching and support for learners with SpLDs (such as dyslexia).

Dr Anne Margaret Smith has taught English for 30 years and is also a dyslexia specialist tutor and assessor. She founded ELT well with the intention of bringing together best practice from the two fields of ELT and SpLD support, and now offers materials and training to teachers. She is the co-ordinator of the IATEFL SIG: Inclusive Practices and SEN.

She started her teaching career in Kenya and has since worked in Germany, Sweden, New Zealand and the UK, in private schools, primary schools, colleges, universities, people’s front rooms and all kinds of work places.

Along the way she has picked up the following qualifications:

  • BA (Hons) in English Language and Linguistics (York University)
  • Certificate in TEFLA (GlosCAT)
  • MA Language Teaching / Language Studies (Lancaster University)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties (Edinburgh University)
  • PGCE (Post-Compulsory Education) (University of Central Lancashire)
  • PhD in Educational Research / Linguistics (Lancaster University)
  • Assessment Practising Certificate issued by PATOSS.

Her PhD combined her experience in English Language teaching and Learner Support and explored how the issue of inclusive education is addressed in teacher training and education for EFL teachers.


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