• Literacy

Talking your way into writing: Secondary

PL # 12233.
Starting on 14 Aug 2019
Cancellation permitted until 09/08/2019
For Members$60
For Catholic Members$75
For Non-Members$90
Registration Close Date 9/08/2019
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Registrations open to

  • AISWA Member Schools (non-CEO)
  • Catholic Member Schools
  • Non-Members


This full day workshop will draw upon information contained in current commercially-available publications, such as Talk for Writing in Secondary Schools.

This full day workshop will draw upon information contained in current commercially-available publications, such as Talk for Writing in Secondary Schools. Teachers will be taken through a process that will allow them to embed successful strategies for talk in their planning. They will be able to experience activities that can be used with students in the classroom on the day following the workshop.

Pie Corbett (Talk for Writing), Deb Myhill (Talk to Text) and Robin Alexander (Talk for Learning) understand the importance of talk in developing effective writing. 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 the various patterns of writing, committing them to long-term memory. 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.

AISWA intends holding Talk for Writing network meetings throughout the year. Participants from this workshop will be invited to attend.

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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: 16:00


76 Birkdale Street
Floreat WA 6014

Learning Area

  • Literacy

School Area

  • Secondary (7-10)

Event Contact

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