Presented by Jenny Baker, this workshop will draw on many of the techniques discussed in the first workshop, but this time Jenny will use participants’ knowledge of techniques to teach them how to develop their students’ understanding of how and when to use these techniques in the construction of their own texts. She will focus on the construction of both issue-based (e.g. graffiti, bullying, pollution) as well as persuasive texts (Should high school students be allowed to use mobile phones at school?) and draw on the paragraph structure used when writing analytical essays, but adapt it for constructive purposes. She will discuss how to encourage students with developmental language disorders to write more structured and formal essays, rather though than those requiring creative language use. She will provide a formula for creating the argument and for sequencing the content. This will be provided in a step-by-step format for the issue-based essay where the participants will learn how to move between reasons, consequences and solutions. The format for the persuasive essay is less structured than the issue-based essay, but still adheres closely to a well-established set of heuristics.
Once again, there will be a strong focus on how to engage specific syntactic devises to fulfil sematic and pragmatic roles within the essay.
Presenter: Jenny Baker
Jenny is the Principal Speech Pathologist at Fremantle Speech Pathology Services. She works exclusively with children and young adults who experience reading, writing and spelling difficulties. She has a passionate interest in devising explicit teaching tools to explain the rules and regulations governing the English language system so that children can “crack the code” no matter what level of text they are expected to deal with.
Date(s) - 22/08/2019
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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