Curriculum - Talk4Writing

What is Talk for Writing

Talk for Writing is an engaging teaching framework developed by Pie Corbett and supported by Julia Strong. It is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn. It enables children ti imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally, before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version. The movement from imitation to innovation to independent application can be adapted to suit the needs of learners of any stage.

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.