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Comics for inclusive English language learning: The CIELL app, supporting dyslexic English language learners

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Publication date13/12/2021
Host publicationCALL and professionalism: Short paper from EUROCALL 2021
EditorsNaouel Zoghlami, Cédric Brudermann, Cedric Sarré, Muriel Grosbois, Linda Bradley, Sylvie Thouësny
PublisherResearch-publishing.net
Pages161-166
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9782490057979
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

As teaching moves increasingly online, language teachers are faced with the challenge of how to support dyslexic students in an inclusive manner in and out of the classroom. This paper will focus on an innovative educational multi-modal, mobile application – Comics for Inclusive English Language Learning (CIELL) – supporting upper-intermediate and advanced English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students with dyslexia when faced with language proficiency tests and academic writing tasks. A cyclical educational design research methodology (McKenney & Reeves, 2019) was used to include three cycles of feedback from stakeholders so that their views and suggestions would inform the development of an alpha, beta, and gamma version of the app, thereby maximising practical relevance. The discussion of the quantitative and qualitative feedback is supported by educational design research.