Talk for Writing: The Early Years 221S

Monday 8 November 2021 9:00AM - 3:30PM

This one day workshop offers Kindergarten/Preschool and Foundation teachers an overview of Talk for Writing in the first years of schooling. Talk for Writing is an exceptionally effective instructional approach for both oral language and early writing development. This workshop will cover the “Three Is” – Imitation, Innovation and Invention – which are the basis of the Talk for Writing approach. Participants will explore many practical strategies to develop young children as storytellers and writers through building a bank of stories, deepening understanding through play and explicit grammar and sentence level work. Non-fiction texts will be discussed as well as the importance of providing effective accurate assessment in order to track student progress across the academic year. Using examples and film clips of shared and guided writing, the course will also consider how to help children create their own imaginative stories.

Presenter: Toni Lang


Toni is a DSF Talk for Writing Trainer and primary school teacher. She has worked as Curriculum and School leader in both metropolitan and regional schools implementing and supporting the development of evidence-based teaching programs. She is an advocate of Talk for Writing to engage and support students of all ages and abilities through explicit instruction of written composition.



DSF Literacy Services has a ‘no refund’ policy. The exception would be when a Professional Learning Course had to be cancelled by the Foundation. All other requests for cancellation will be invited to re-register for another session. Late cancellation (less than 48 business hrs) will necessitate the Foundation deducting an administration fee of $25.00 and transferring the balance to another Professional Learning Course.
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