Dyslexia and Multilingualism

*Completed project*

The Big Lottery funded research project, Dyslexia and Multilingualism: Identification and Intervention was carried out from 2010 to 2012 by the British Dyslexia Association in partnership with Bath Spa University.

The project combined expertise from the fields of dyslexia and multilingualism in order to identify bilingual children at risk of SpLD/Dyslexia and to trial and examine the impact of a 30 minute daily intervention programme delivered over a period of 15 weeks.

55 schools took part in the project across 6 regions: Liverpool, Manchester/Salford, Bristol, Bath/South West, Swindon, and London (Southwark). 465 children were involved, between them speaking 43 different languages. The children were divided into three groups: intervention, paired reading, and control.

The resulting report examines the issues involved in screening and assessing bilingual children for SpLDs/Dyslexia as well as those which influence the design of an intervention programme. The experiences of those involved in the project, including school staff, parents and children, are explored through a range of questionnaires, interviews and focus groups. Analysis of pre and post intervention test scores show that intervention and paired reading groups made consistently greater progress than a control group in all areas and that impact was greatest on word reading, decoding, fluency and vocabulary skills. A particular and unexpected effect of paired reading on writing related skills was noted.

The full report (2012) can be downloaded for free by following this link.