Talk 4 Writing

Talk 4 Writing

9:00am, 26th Sep 2019 - 3:30pm, 26th Sep 2019 9:00am, 27th Sep 2019 - 3:30pm, 27th Sep 2019

Courtney McNally


Speld Qld, 141 Merton Road, Woolloongabba, Qld, 4102

$360.00 Members | $450.00 Non-Members

Registration Closed

Event Details

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.

T4W 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.

T4W 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 T4W ‘fun, engaging and motivating.’

This two day workshop offers teachers an overview of the Talk for Writing approach and provides opportunities for hands-on participation in the steps of this exceptionally effective instructional approach. The workshop addresses the use of Talk for Writing for both fiction and non-fiction and covers:

Planning, both for a unit of work, based on instructional needs of students, and at a whole-school level;
The “Three I’s” – Imitation, Innovation and Invention – which are the basis of the Talk for Writing approach and which allow students to move from dependence to independence in their writing in a systematic, scaffolded way;
Providing effective feedback to students in order to promote skill development;
Accurate assessment of writing, in order to track student progress and guide teaching goals; and
Development of grammatical skills, with a focus on functional application of grammar in writing, through ‘warm-up’ games selected to meet specific instructional needs of students.
This workshop is suitable for primary school teachers, with some content covering Kindergarten and Pre-Primary.

About the Presenter

Courtney is a DSF registered psychologist and Talk for Writing trainer with experience working in an educational setting. She is a strong advocate of T4W and the capacity it has to engage and support students of all ages and ability levels. Since joining the DSF training team, Courtney has delivered T4W workshops across the state as well as on-site at DSF. She has witnessed the impact of T4W in school settings, as well as first hand through using the T4W approach in small-group tuition.


Schools can Register their Teachers using the Workshop Registration Form below.  Payment can be via credit card (preferred) or Invoice.

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Important Notes 

  1. Payment is required prior to the date of the Professional Development Workshop in order to secure attendance and is not refundable.
  2. For information on our Cancellation and Transfer Policy, please click here.
  3. This workshop contributes to the 10 Queensland College of Teachers continuing Professional Development Requirements. You will receive a certificate on the day of event.