The Science of Language and Reading - Intermediate

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

This is an intermediate course that expands on the linguistic basis of reading and integrates knowledge about the cognitive science of learning with reading instruction and intervention. The Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework will be used to explore how to identify and support students with reading and related literacy difficulties.

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Location Online
Time/s TBC
Duration 7.5 hours (5 x 1.5-hour sessions)
Registrations close TBC
Prerequisite/sIt is recommended but not essential that you have undertaken the short course The Science of Language and Reading – An Introduction or have an understanding of the Science of Language and Reading.
CertificationSchool of Education Certificate of Completion of the Science of Language and Reading Short Course (Intermediate)
Fee/sStandard Fee$400.00 + GST
La Trobe staff priceFree
Group discount (10+ staff)10% discount

La Trobe’s Intermediate Science of Language and Reading short course is designed to support you to further develop your skills and knowledge about reading instruction and intervention for all children. The content integrates 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

The course is provided over five 1.5-hour weekly online live webinars. These will also be made available as recordings.  Your online sessions are a blend of instructed and responsive learning where you will have the opportunity to engage subject matter experts for detailed responses.

Following each online session, you will be able to access learning resources, discussion forums, and practical tools to support you in applying the techniques learned in class. You can also choose to undertake self-assessment quizzes to track your learning process and understanding.

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

This course is designed for primary and secondary teachers but 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.

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 the all staff are enrolled.

Course content

Topics covered will 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.

Extra requirements

  1. Broadband internet access and an active email address that can be accessed at home during study periods.
  2. Students must have basic computer literacy skills (e.g. Word or other word processing software).

Further information


T: 1300 135 045