• Literacy

Productive talk: Fabulous writing (Talk: Essential for good writing) PRIMARY (ALBANY)

PL # 12340.
Starting on 23 Oct 2019
Cancellation permitted until 18/10/2019

Event registrations closed on 25/10/2019


Writing is a requirement of all learning areas, as highlighted in the General Capabilities: Literacy.This full day workshop is applicable to all primary teachers.

"Reading and writing float on a sea of talk" (Britton, 1970, p. 64). The UK Department for Children, Schools and Families (Talk for Writing), Wilson (Talk the Big Talk: Laying the Foundations for Big Writing and Beyond) and many others have recognised the importance of talk in developing effective writers. Teachers know that students who read widely are usually the best writers because through reading, they internalise the patterns of writing. Current classroom research demonstrates that students who can ‘talk’ texts also internalise such patterns. Even students who may not be enthusiastic readers are enthusiastic talkers of text when they are actively engaged in their learning. These students have a greater chance of succeeding as writers than those who do not engage in talk.

Teachers will investigate various approaches and be taken through a process that will allow them to establish talk as a strategy within their own curriculum areas. They will be able to experience activities that can be used with students in the classroom on the day following the workshop.

The final part of the day will be spent investigating writing assessment, using the NAPLAN writing criteria.

Britton, J. (1970). Language and learning. London: Allen Lane.

Department for Children, Schools and Families. (2008). Talk for writing.Retrieved from http://oer.educ.cam.ac.uk/w/images/f/f2/Talk_for_Writing.pdf

Wilson, R. (2012). Talk the big talk: Laying the foundations for Big Writing and beyond. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.


Patricia Kershaw (AISWA Staff)

Literacy Consultant

Pat Kershaw is a Literacy/English Consultant and has been with AISWA since 2009. She has taught at primary, secondary (English) and tertiary levels and has been involved in many research projects within the university sector and within AISWA, with a focus on literacy in cross-curricular and collaborative projects, which model approaches that teachers can take in the classroom. Her main areas of interest are writing, grammar, oral language and literacy across the curriculum. She works with teachers of literacy and/or English from P-10, as well as principals and teacher teams across WA to support schools with literacy requirements.

Jill Buckrell (AISWA Staff)

Literacy Consultant

Jill Buckrell is a Literacy Consultant with previous experience as a teacher and school leader in both urban and remote schools. She has a strong commitment to improving literacy outcomes for Aboriginal students and has been involved in several major Indigenous Education initiatives in the past as a school principal in remote WA and the Northern Territory. Jill began work at AISWA as a literacy consultant in 2012 and is involved in a number of key professional learning initiatives including: Big Six, Hot Readers and Data Conversations to Target Instruction (literacy). She is also an accredited Sharp Reading presenter and manages the implementation of this program in Western Australia. Jill co-organises the annual Broome Conference for remote Aboriginal schools. Jill’s particular interest lies in the research, development and application of quality literacy strategies and opportunities for students who underachieve in literacy.


Event Segment

Date / Time

Starts: 08:30
Finishes: 15:30


Bethel Christian School
20 Bethel Way
Albany WA 6330


Parking would need to be behind the Albany Baptist Church building - closest to the aged care facility and near the Passmore Centre then participants would need to walk across Bethel Way to the Early Learning Centre.

Location Specifics

ELC Room. Address is officially Sydney Street but the building (and driveway) go between Sydney St and Bethel Way.

Learning Area

  • Literacy

School Area

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6

Event Contact

AITSL Standards