Building a better future through inclusivity in the classroom

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Meet our Expert Panel

We collaborate with an Expert Panel of world-leading academics and educators in English Language Teaching. Why does this matter to you? The Expert Panel ensures that research-based support informs our products and services, meeting your needs and the needs of your students in the best possible way.

Michele Daloiso

Michele Daloiso

Michele Daloiso is Lecturer in the English Language at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy. He is the founder and director of the DEAL Research Group at the university, which investigates the process of language teaching for students with special educational needs. He is also author of many articles and teaching materials on this topic, including Supporting Learners with Dyslexia in the ELT Classroom (2017). His research interests include applied neuropsycholinguistics, early foreign language learning and teaching, language learning strategies, and English language teaching with learners who have specific needs related to language processing, such as dyslexia and language impairment.

Marie Delaney

Marie Delaney

Marie Delaney is a teacher trainer, educational psychotherapist, author, and director of the educational consultancy The Learning Harbour in Cork, Ireland. She has worked for many years with students of all ages who have special educational needs, in particular in the area of behavioural difficulties. Her main interests are bringing therapeutic approaches into teaching and learning, supporting teachers in working with challenging pupils, and promoting inclusive education principles for all. She is the author of Special Educational Needs (2016).

Dario Ianes

Dario Ianes
(in collaboration with Research & Development Erickson)

Dario Ianes is Professor of Didactics and Special Pedagogy at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, on the degree course in Primary Education. He is co-founder of Centro Studi Erickson in Trento, for whom he edits several series, including guides for teachers and inclusive learning materials. He is the author of various articles and books and editor of the journal Learning Difficulties. Professor Ianes is representing the special educational needs publisher Erickson, who have collaborated with OUP ELT in the creation of SEN-appropriate content for the ELT market in Italy.

Judit Kormos

Judit Kormos

Judit Kormos is Professor of Second Language Acquisition at Lancaster University, UK. She was the chief investigator on a project that explored the foreign language learning processes of students with dyslexia and authored a coursebook on specific learning difficulties and language teaching. She worked on DysTEFL, a European Commission sponsored teacher training project focusing on dyslexia and language learning, and is the coordinator of the Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language project.

Anne Margaret Smith

Anne Margaret Smith

Anne Margaret Smith taught English for 25 years in Kenya, Germany, Sweden, and the UK, where she worked at the University of Salford and Lancaster University before becoming Senior Lecturer in TESOL at the University of Cumbria. Co-author of Teaching Languages to Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (2012), she is a dyslexia specialist tutor and assessor, and provides materials, training to teachers and specialist teaching to learners with dyslexia through her consultancy, ELT well. She is a founding member of the IATEFL special interest group Inclusive Practices and SEN.

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