Free online courses for teachers

Our approach is set out here. Below you will find current courses and a link to upcoming plans.

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


Join more than 48,000 learners who have enrolled in this Coursera MOOC taught by Dr Jenny Thomson and Dr Vincent Goetry

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.

Written by Dr Vincent Goetry and his team in Brussels, Belgium

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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 interactive, online course is available in French, Portuguese and Spanish. Texts of the course are available in Arabic and Chinese.



Written by Dr Vincent Goetry and his team, Brussels, Belgium


Dislexia: Causas e Consequências

How to get the e-book

Translated and adapted by Professor Angela Pinheiro and her team, University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Read here Professor Pinheiro’s description of its genesis and current status. This e-book is the most recent material that accompanies the course Dyslexia: Causes and Consequences, an adaptation of part of the Dyslexia International´s online learning course into Brazilian Portuguese and its educational context. It offers the main text of the course but goes beyond it, displaying in an accessible offline manner the multimedia and learning exercises available in the online course.


Dislexia Sin Fronteras, a team led by Maria Laura Scasso, Buenos Aires, Argentina, has produced a course in Spanish about dyslexia and its ‘co-morbidities’ based on our course. 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.


Here is another course developed by psychologists Liliana E. Fonseca (professor at the School of Humanities at the Universidad Nacional de San Martin) and Ruth Rozensztjn (founder and director of Dislexia y Dispraxia Argentina):

Herramientas para una educación inclusiva. Dislexia: desde el aula al mundo del trabajo

Commentary on the course by Professor Pinheiro and colleague in Brazil


Text versions

The basic texts of our own course are currently available in:


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Translated and adapted by Dr Ahmad Oueini and Katia Hazoury; edited by Kamel Bouheiry, assisted by Mohamad Makkaoui

Chinese: Part 1; and Parts 2 and 3

Translated and adapted by Alice Cheng Lai, Associate Professor, Manulife Centre for Children with Specific Learning Disabilities; Director, PoyU-PekingU Joint Centre for Child Development and Learning, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China

SpanishPart 1; Part 2; Part 3

This text was written by a team under the leadership of Professor Jesus Alegria of the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, with contributions from the universities of Murcia and Malaga in Spain.

3 – Upcoming

Our colleagues in Japan, Edge, are going to subtitle the lectures in the Coursera MOOC and provide additional guidance in Japanese on their own web site.

Responding to demand, Dyslexia International is planning a second MOOC for Teachers of adolescent students with specific difficulties in reading and writingMore

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