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Many students find the writing process extremely challenging. These students may have wonderful ideas, but struggle to get their thoughts onto the page.
Even those who read reasonably well can experience difficulty with written expression.
Talk for Writing is a unique process that uses spoken activities to develop writing skills.
Quality writing is created by first expanding and developing students’ oral language skills and then teaching the necessary steps for exceptional sentence, paragraph and text construction.
Talk for Writing has the potential to dramatically improve students’ writing. The approach also offers students with learning and language difficulties an opportunity to develop stronger writing skills.
Feedback from students indicates that they find Talk for Writing ‘fun, engaging and motivating.’
We are very excited to announce that at Wilandra Rise Primary School we have started to use this approach when teaching writing across the school.
Teachers are participating in weekly Professional Development sessions to upskill staff in this writing process and continuing to build teacher capacity to effectively teach writing in their classrooms and engage students.
Talk for Writing is a sequential and systematic approach that enables students to access explicit teaching of both fiction and non-fiction texts. Students are encouraged to delve into the specific literacy tools and devices used by authors to engage their audience.
This process started in 2020 in Foundation and Year 1 and in 2022 we began to embed it in the middle and senior school. It is pleasing to observe a significant increase in student engagement during Writing sessions. In addition, pre and post writing data is also indicating an improvement in student learning outcomes in writing.
Talk for Writing is built on three stages of teaching:
During each unit of work, we follow a certain process to cover a range of English outcomes including comprehension, grammar, spelling, handwriting, sentence and paragraph tasks, creating toolkits, writing and editing skills:
To find out more about Talk for Writing follow the below link to listen to Pie Corbett (Talk for Writing founder) explain why this approach to teaching writing is so successful.
Please ask your child about what they are learning in writing sessions at school and encourage them to orally rehearse the texts at home.