“Unsurprisingly, the best writers in any class are always readers. Reading influences writing- the richness, depth and breadth of reading determines the writer that we become.” Pie Corbett, Talk For Writing.
Many students find the writing process, both fiction and non-fiction, 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. As children read and are read to, they store patterns that form the building blocks of written expression. In order to write sentence patterns appropriate to a given text (e.g. a recount starts with ‘when, who, what and where’ elements) children need to have these patterns modelled with multiple opportunities to say them before being expected to write them. In Talk For Writing, the process of “Imitation – Innovation – Invention” is explored. Students learn to orally recite and act out popular stories through listening and reading. The teacher maps out the story using pictures to aid students’ memory. The repetition allows the students to interact with the text and helps them to internalise the language patterns and text features. Students are then taught to use the underlying structure of the original text to create their own version on a different topic. Over time, they move towards independent writing as they create texts about their own topics.
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.’
More information about Talk for Writing
Listen to Pie Corbett, the developer of the Talk for Writing discuss the T4W approach and the success of this program in classrooms across the UK and Australia.
Training for Teachers
DSF runs in-house workshops on implementing the Talk for Writing approach. These two day workshops offer teachers an overview of the Talk for Writing approach and provide an opportunity to trial each of the component steps of this exceptionally effective instructional approach. All training is administered by a qualified Talk for Writing presenter who has been trained and had experience implementing the approach. Talk for Writing workshops are typically run over two full days – the dates of any upcoming, in-house workshops on T4W are listed at the bottom of this page.
DSF also offers in-school training on implementing the Talk for Writing approach upon request. In-school training allows for many teachers from your school to receive high-quality training and is encouraged if you are looking to implement the Talk for Writing approach in a school-wide setting.
Please contact our Professional Development team if you wish to arrange in-school training and be aware that DSF trainers are in very high-demand. Planning your in-school training well in advance will help ensure a DSF presenter is available to administer your Talk for Writing training.