Talk for Writing: The Early Years

Wednesday 17 June 2020 9:00AM - 3:30PM

This one day workshop offers Kindergarten and Pre-Primary teachers an overview of Talk for Writing in the early years. Talk for Writing is an exceptionally effective instructional approach for both oral language and early writing development. The workshop provides practical opportunities for hands-on participation in the implementation of the program. This workshop covers: – The importance of oral language development in early writing emergence, including nursery rhyme and oral storytelling; – The “Three Is” – Imitation, Innovation and Invention – which are the basis of the Talk for Writing approach; – Planning for units of work across the school year, including exposing students to high-quality rhymes, stories and non-fiction texts; – Providing effective scaffolding to promote the move from dependence to independence in a child’s storytelling and early writing development; – Accurate assessment in order to track student progress; – Involving families and caregivers in the storytelling process; and, – Explicit grammar teaching through sentence and story games.


Presenter: Sarah Grunwald

Sarah trained as both a speech pathologist and a primary school teacher.  She is dedicated to using high-quality evidence-based programs to teach literacy skills and has been impressed by the outstanding achievements of students attending Talk for Writing schools.  Sarah is experienced in planning and delivering Talk for Writing in small group and individual settings, for students with literacy learning difficulties, language impairments and developmental disabilities.  In addition, Sarah regularly delivers comprehensive training in Talk for Writing in schools across Perth


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