Tell Me Your Story Oral Language Focus

Reflection on Oral Language Strategies

Kathy Rushton and I have just completed Day 1 of the Tell Me Your Story course run through the NSW Teachers Federation Centre for Professional Learning. This was the first day of the three day course where we focused on speaking and listening by considering principles of second language learning as well as the mode continuum.

We looked at the role of the mode continuum (Derewianka, 2014 & Martin, 1985) and how spoken and written like language differ particularly in terms of lexical density. We then considered how choice and sequence of oral language activities supports not only the literacy of students but also builds their confidence and language. Careful design of oral language activities also values cultural identity and their identity as learners (Dutton, D'warte, Rossbridge, & Rushton, 2018).

All activities were done by the teachers in the course as they thought about the language demands and how they could meaningfully...

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NSWTF Centre for Professional Learning Courses 2021

nswtf cpl courses Mar 07, 2021

CPL Three Day Courses

Great news! Kathy Rushton and Joanne Rossbridge will again be running a range of three day courses through the NSW Teachers Federation Centre for Professional Learning. The courses are:

Critical Literacy in English and History Stages 3 and 4

Tell Me Your Story: Supporting EAL/D Students in the Primary Years    

Extended Response Writing – Developing Dialogue about Text in Secondary Schools

Register or find out more here.

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