The Science of Language and Reading - Intermediate

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Advance your knowledge and skills in the field of reading instruction and intervention through a cognitive psychology framework.

This course expands on the linguistic basis of reading and integrates the science of learning and reading, using the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework for identifying and supporting students with language disorder, reading and related literacy difficulties. 

$440.00

Key facts

Course category
Education, Professional Practice
Options
Option 1 Session 1: Wednesday 23 April 2025
Session 2: Wednesday 30 April 2025
Session 3: Wednesday 7 May 2025
Session 4: Wednesday 14 May 2025
Session 5: Wednesday 21 May 2025
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (AEST)Online (Live)
Duration
5 weeks
Group Bookings
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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 - and is also suitable for 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 support for struggling learners.   
 
You will further develop your skills and knowledge about reading instruction and intervention for all children, through the integration of information from linguistics, cognitive science and neuroscience to derive best practice for reading instruction and intervention with a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework.

Why study a short course at La Trobe

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Powerful Collaborations

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Course content

Topics covered include:  

  • Oral language: a deeper dive. Vocabulary across the tiers, discourse genres, inferencing and metalanguage
  • Cognitive Load Theory, explicit instruction, and leveraging neuroscience research in the classroom.
  • Progress monitoring in reading: Making the most of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.
  • Developmental Language Disorder: The most common disorder you've never heard of.
  • Learning Difficulties: Early identification and intervention to close the achievement gap.

This course is delivered by La Trobe University SOLAR Lab Directors; Professor Pamela Snow and Associate Professor Tanya Serry. 

About the La Trobe 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:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply the concept of vocabulary tiers to their teaching and will understand how literal and non-literal language differ from each other
  • Design explicit teaching tasks and learning activities that take account of limited working memory capacity, to maximise long-term memory gains
  • Apply Response to Intervention tiers to teaching in their school and appropriately place this within a context-specific MTSS framework
  • Define and describe language disorder and developmental language disorder and consider the implications  and practical solutions for students with these diagnoses in the classroom.  
  • Define and describe learning difficulty and learning disability and examine the implications for students. We use a Response to Intervention framework alongside regular progress monitoring, to contextualise this topic. 

Your study experience

Delivered online over five 1.5-hour weekly webinars, which will also be made available as recordings, you will have the opportunity to engage with our subject matter experts for detailed responses, and access learning resources, discussion forums, and practical tools to support you in applying the techniques learned in the webinar.  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.  You can also choose to undertake self-assessment quizzes to track your learning process and understanding.   

At the conclusion, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 7.5 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 

Who you'll learn from

Professor Pamela Snow

In 2020, Pamela established, with her colleague, Associate 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 

Vanessa Rohlf 

Vanessa is a Research Officer in the School of Psychology and Public Health, and is a consultant, therapist, and educator specialising in compassion fatigue, stress management, pet loss, and animal bereavement.

Associate 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 

Frequently Asked Questions

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