Using rich oral language tasks to build competency in reading and writing
Literacy floats on a sea of talk: Using rich oral language tasks to build competency in reading and writing with Jane van der Zeyden
Reaching or exceeding expectations in reading and writing is closely linked to a student’s competency with oral language. Studies suggest that students who do not have well developed oral language skills at school entry are four to five times more likely to struggle with learning to read. This workshop will explore how scaffolded talk as part of instructional teaching of reading is crucial for developing comprehension of text, along with how oral rehearsal is essential for success in writing. A range of practical strategies along with a focus on teaching practice that supports the development of oral competence will be included in the workshop.
Jane van der Zeyden has worked in literacy and ESOL professional development for teachers since 2007. She has worked for the University of Auckland, Learning Media and is currently providing PD and consultancy services through her own company Tools 4 Teachers. She has worked with the Ministry of Education on the Accelerating Literacy Learning Project (ALL), Schooling Improvement initiative and Progressions (ELLP).