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Speaking to Writing (S2W): Using oral performance as a foundation to the writing of texts in Key Stage (KS)2

The Speaking to Writing (S2W) Seed project seeks to use ‘speaking the text’ and oral performance as a foundation to the learning and teaching of writing in Key Stage (KS) 2. The project harnesses the notion of “talking the text” (Corbett & Strong, 2018) through memorable, meaningful repetition as a basis for language acquisition.

S2W offers an integrated approach to literacy where expressive oral retelling of both fiction and non-fiction is used as a bridge to reading and writing texts. First students listen to a text that is orally performed by the teacher using a visual map as reference. Then students learn to participate and orally re-tell the text using the same map, before changing and ultimately creating their own text.

The objectives of the S2W Seed project are to:

  • enhance teachers’ capacity to use the 3 Is (imitation, innovation and independent application) to build student confidence in moving away from a model text to plan and write their own;
  • collaborate with teachers to collect and analyse data from cold and hot tasks to support the planning of literacy units;
  • develop a framework to help students move from regular oral retelling, to innovate and create their own texts; and
  • explore how effective internalising text patterns is in supporting students to write their own texts.

Corbett, P., & Strong, J. (2018) Talk for Writing in the Early Years. Open University Press, Berkshire. 

Please click here for the briefing PPT.

To enhance the teaching content, teachers can exercise their professional judgment and consult relevant scholarly work when adopting the learning and teaching resources prepared by educators and other teachers. In support of the implementation of the English Language Education KLA Curriculum, teachers can also select appropriate parts of the resources for classroom learning or extended learning based on pedagogical consideration and the learning needs of students.

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