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Phonological Sensitivisation in English FL

An Action-Research Project for a Case of Linguistic Deconstruction in a Subject Coming from International Adoption

Michela Gronchi    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    



The present paper discusses the results of an action-research study involving a 15-year-old student who was diagnosed with severe dyslexia after coming to Italy through international adoption. The study investigates the literature on language acquisition in cases of early deprivation and the implications of the phonological deficit in students with dyslexia in a foreign language learning environment. The essay also reports the results of a learning program concerning phonological awareness that has been delivered in a two-month period to the student. The program outlines a possible methodological and practical framework for raising phonemic awareness in secondary school students with dyslexia and offers suggestions for classroom practice.

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Keywords: Severe dyslexiaSecond first language learningInternational adopted individualsPhonological awareness

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