Talk for Writing is powerful because it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally, before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version. Talk for Writing builds on three key stages:
- Innovation and
- Independent application
Talk for Writing is built on the principle that you can’t write something unless you can say it, and you can’t say something unless you have heard it. The process allows children to practise sentence structures orally which they can then apply in their own writing. Talk for Writing is proven to raise attainment and be extremely effective especially for children who are second language learners.
As part of our Talk for Writing integration here at BIS Vietnam we were recently visited by Carol Sattherthwaite, an independent literacy consultant and trainer with many years of experience in primary education. She designs and delivers tailor-made support and training for schools on all aspects of literacy.
Over the last few years, Carol has been training teachers at the British International School, Ho Chi Minh City and supporting them with the implementation of Talk for Writing as a teaching and learning strategy. Carol has worked with both BIS teachers and teaching assistants in developing an understanding of the Talk for Writing process and helped them to build ideas of how they can embed Talk for Writing effectively.