The Science of Language and Reading - An Introduction

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Advance your knowledge and skills in the field of oral language and reading as these pertain to instruction.

This specialised course covers the linguistic basis of early reading as this applies to word decoding and language comprehension.

$275.00

Key facts

Course category
Education, Professional Practice
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Duration
4 weeks
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Prerequisite/s
There are no prerequisites for this short course
Certification
Certificate of Attendance

Why this course?

This course is designed for primary and secondary teachers but may also provide support to allied health professionals and parents who want to understand more about the science of language and reading as this pertains to initial reading instruction and as a basis for supporting struggling learners.

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Course content

Topics covered include:  

  • The oral language foundations of learning to read.
  • The Simple View of Reading.
  • Basic linguistics for reading instruction.
  • Phonics instruction.

About the La Trobe Science of Language and Reading (SOLAR) Lab 

The SOLAR Lab was established in the School of Education at La Trobe University in 2020 to promote the scientific study of the role of oral language skills in the emergence and consolidation of reading skills across the school years (pre-school to secondary). We use the term “reading” to specifically identify core skills in text decoding and language comprehension that also promote success in writing and spelling. 
 
Research carried out in the SOLAR Lab emphasises interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers, teachers and allied health professionals such as speech-language pathologists and psychologists, with a view to promoting efficient translation of new knowledge into classroom practice and encouraging the cessation of practices for which the empirical evidence-base is weak or non-existent.

You’ll learn:

 

  • How oral language forms the foundations for a) learning to read and for b) reading comprehension. 
  • The Simple View of Reading and how it informs and supports classroom practice with respect to decoding and language comprehension across the school years. 
  • How to define key linguistic concepts relevant to reading instruction and support and explain their significance in the context of classroom and clinical practice.
  • How to define morphology and etymology and explore their importance to reading, spelling and writing instruction. 
  • How to define, phonics instruction, and to explore instructional practices that are supported by empirical evidence. 

Your study experience

Delivered online over four 1.5-hour weekly webinars, you'll be introduced to the language basis of reading as well as key theories in learning to read. You'll also gain knowledge of evidence-informed instruction and support for use in your classroom, clinic, or home.  

 

The total time commitment will be up to 15 hours. 
 
Following each online session, you'll be able to access learning resources and practical tools to support you in applying the techniques learned in the seminar, the online weekly sessions are recorded and available as synchronous or asynchronous presentations.  

 

At the conclusion, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 6 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 

Who you'll learn from

 

Professor Pamela Snow

In 2020, Pamela established, with her colleague, Professor Tanya Serry, the Science of Language and Reading (SOLAR) Lab in the School of Education at La Trobe University. The SOLAR Lab is a platform for research, teaching, advocacy and postgraduate supervision on a wide range of topics pertaining to developmental language and the transition to reading, writing and spelling in the school years. The SOLAR Lab was a finalist in the 2022 Australian Financial Review higher education awards in the Community Engagement category. https://scholars.latrobe.edu.au/pcsnow 

 

Professor Tanya Serry

In 2020, Tanya co-founded the SOLAR Lab (Science of Language and Reading) with Professor Pamela Snow in the School of Education at La Trobe University. The SOLAR Lab is a platform for research, teaching, advocacy and postgraduate supervision on a wide range of topics pertaining to developmental language and the transition to reading, writing and spelling in the school years. The SOLAR Lab was a finalist in the 2022 Australian Financial Review higher education awards in the Community Engagement category. https://scholars.latrobe.edu.au/tserry 

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To arrange payment by BPAY or EFT, please contact executive_professional_education@latrobe.edu.au 

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