The Science of Language and Reading – An Introduction

Advance your knowledge and skills in the field of reading instruction and support.

This is a specialised course covering the linguistic basis of early reading as this applies to word decoding and language comprehension. Both initial reading instruction and support for struggling readers will be discussed. This includes frameworks for early identification and intervention.

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Location Online

Session 1: 7 February 2024
Session 2: 14 February 2024
Session 3: 21 February 2024
Session 4: 28 February 2024

Time/s All sessions 6.30 to 8.00 pm AEST
Duration 6 hours (4 x 1.5-hour sessions) 
Registration close5.00 pm Sunday 21 January 2024
Prerequisite/s There are no prerequisites for this course.
Certification School of Education Certificate of Completion of the Science of Language and Reading Short Course (Introduction)
Fee/sStandard Fee $275.00 inc. GST
La Trobe staff price Free
La Trobe student price $66.00 inc. GST
Group discount (10+ staff) $247.50 inc. GST

Over four 1.5-hour online seminars, 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.

Following each online session, you'll be able to access learning resources and practical tools to support you in applying the techniques learned in class.

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

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

There is a 10% discount for schools that enrol 10 or more staff, or in the case of schools with fewer than 10 staff, where all staff are enrolled.

Course content

Topics covered will include

  • Oral language foundations as the basis for learning to read.
  • The Simple View of Reading and how it informs and supports classroom practice with respect to decoding and language comprehension.
  • An introduction to linguistics for reading instruction: letters vs sounds, phonemes, graphemes, digraphs, consonants, vowels, the schwa vowel, stress in words, morphology and etymology
  • An overview of different types of phonics instruction and their pros and cons

Extra requirements

  1. Broadband internet access and an active email address that can be accessed during study periods.
  2. Access to a device such as a computer or iPad during study periods.
  3. Basic computer literacy skills (e.g. Word or other word processing software).
  4. Participants are NOT required to have Zoom loaded on their computer.

Further information


T: 1300 135 045


This program is subject to minimum enrolment numbers. A refund will be provided if the program is cancelled.