Learning Difficulties Coalition (LDC)
The Science of Language & Reading is for Everyone: Structured, Explicit Language & Reading Instruction Across Primary & Secondary Grades
16 November 2021, 9.30am-12.00pm
For parents, teachers and health professionals.
Presenter: Professor Pamela Snow, Professor of Cognitive Psychology in the School of Education, La Trobe University.
This presentation will cover the key elements of spoken and written language that teachers need to understand in order to provide structured and explicit instruction and support across primary and secondary grades. The relationship between spoken and written language will be described, drawing on findings from developmental psychology that oral language is biologically primary while reading, writing and spelling are biologically secondary. The implications of this distinction will be emphasised and important historical influences on the English writing system will be outlined. Key components of language will be discussed with reference to their importance for supporting primary and secondary students with language and literacy difficulties.