Tanya Spronk, M.L.E.

Senior Literacy and Education Consultant


  • M.L.E. Linguistics and Exegesis (Interpretation), Trinity Western University, Canada, 2003
  • B.A. Linguistics (with distinction), University of Calgary, Canada, 2000

Current positions

  • Certified Senior Literacy and Education Consultant, SIL International, 2020–
  • Literacy and Education Coordinator, SIL South Sudan Group, 2013–
  • Literacy and Education Consultant, SIL South Sudan Group, 2013–

Other professional experience and service

  • Member of the Literacy and Education Consultant Review Panel, SIL Africa Area, 2016–
  • SIL Literacy and Education Consultant, equipping community members to develop literacy materials, training teachers and writers, and program planning so communities can use their written language for education, health awareness, cultural preservation, and orthography revision (Tennet, Murle, Dinka Cam, Gbaya, Avokaya, Didinga, Baka, Shilluk, Pari and Lango/Lokwa language communities), SIL South Sudan, 2012–
  • Technical Advisor to the Ministry of General Education and Instruction, SIL South Sudan, 2012–
  • Consultant for Early Grade Reading Projects with partners in the education sector, SIL South Sudan, 2012–
  • Instructor, iDelta Literacy Track courses (facilitated Literacy 1, 2 and was head of course for MLE), SIL South Sudan, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Literacy Specialist, SIL South Sudan Group, 2006–2012
  • Instructor (undergraduate and graduate level), Issues and Initiatives in Community Literacy Programs and Principles of Literacy courses, SIL Canada Institute of Linguistics, Trinity Western University, 2006
  • Teaching Assistant, Literacy, Linguistics and Culture Learning courses, SIL Canada Institute of Linguistics, Trinity Western University, 2001–2003

Professional memberships

  • International Literacy Association, 2015-

Language proficiencies

  • English (eng): ILR 5

Research interests

  • Multilingual education policy and practice
  • Developing creative writers in African languages
  • Early grade reading materials development
South Sudan