Chit Chat with Dr. Tanya Serry

Do you wonder why the books your children are being taught to read with are different?

Join Carla and Dr. Tanya Serry as they discuss the various types of texts (Authentic, Levelled and or Decodable) that teachers and schools might be using in their classrooms... and so much more.


Biography:

Tanya joined the School of Education at La Trobe University in 2020 as Associate Professor (Literacy & Reading). Together with Prof Pamela Snow, she is the co-director of the SOLAR Lab. Prior to joining the School of Education, Tanya was a senior lecturer and Discipline Lead teaching Speech Pathology, also at La Trobe University. Tanya is a Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) and a member of the SPA ethics board. She was the Editor-in-Chief of the Australia Journal of Learning Difficulties for five years, finishing her term in September.

Tanya's research and teaching is focused on language and literacy and learning difficulties among students from the early years through to tertiary students as well as students experiencing social disadvantage. Tanya’s research and teaching centres on how to facilitate greater collaboration between educators, parents, speech pathologists and psychologists.

Tanya has conducted large scale professional learning on reading and learning difficulties for the Victorian Department of Education  and for Speech Pathology Australia.

She has sat on a number of advisory committees including the Federal Government’s Phonics Screening Check and the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority’s review of reasonable adjustments for students in Year 12. She recently appeared as an expert witness for the 2021 National inquiry into Adult Literacy.

She is an Associate Professor (Literacy) in the School of Education at La Trobe University. Together with Professor Pamela Snow, Tanya is the co-director of the SOLAR Lab (Science of Language and Reading); a virtual platform used 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). Tanya has a background in Speech Pathology and Linguistics and her research centres on how to facilitate greater collaboration between educators, parents, speech pathologists and psychologists.

 

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