Free online courses for teachers

1 – ‘Supporting children with difficulties in reading and writing’


Join more than 39,000 learners who have enrolled in this Coursera MOOC. 

This course is for teachers to learn why some children have so much difficulty with reading and writing, often called ‘dyslexia’, and to learn more about best practice in teaching literacy to all in light of recent scientific discoveries. Participation in or completion of this online course will not confer academic credit for University of London programmes.

Read and see what President Obama says about online education. This course, in collaboration with the University of London, is on a selected list for teachers in the USA.

Read a very positive, independent review by Learning Difficulties Australia, and some of the feedback we have received. Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars

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2 – ‘Basics for teachers: Dyslexia – How to identify it and What to do’

iPad_01This course was first presented at UNESCO in 2010 in French and English. Initially designed specifically to address dyslexia in the classroom, it is recognized by experts as a leading programme for teaching literacy to learners of all abilities.

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Read how some teachers have changed their methods after taking the course

See what a Deputy Head says about online training in her school

Other languages

The online course is available in French, Portuguese and Spanish.



Read here Professor Angela Pinheiro’s description of its genesis and current status.


Dislexia Sin Fronteras, a team in Argentina, has produced a course in Spanish about dyslexia and its ‘co-morbidities’. It is online and completely free of charge.

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Here is a short review of the course by Professor Pinheiro and colleague in Brazil.

The basic text of the course is currently available in:

Chinese: Part 1; and Parts 2 and 3

SpanishPart 1; Part 2; Part 3

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