Talk for Writing: The Early Years Online 221BG

Friday 5 November 2021 8:30AM - 3:00PM

Please note: this is a live session, and not a recorded webinar. Participants must be able to log on for the complete session at the advertised time/s in order to access the online workshop. This session is running from 8:30am - 3:00pm AWST / 11:30am - 6:00pm AEDT
This one day online 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: Susie Hillard 

Susie is a Primary and Secondary trained teacher, specialising in English and Social Sciences.  She has worked in schools in both England and Australia, assisting to guide the implementation of Talk for Writing.   Susie now works as a  literacy specialist at DSF, providing training, consultation and mentoring to teachers, other professionals and schools in Talk for Writing.  Susie is passionate about the TfW approach  after seeing the incredible achievements from students in her own classroom and the impact it has on children’s reading and writing progress at all levels.




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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