Is there space for language conventions in cutting edge writing instruction?

Tessa DAFFERN, Noella Mackenzie

Research output: Contribution to conference (non-published works)Abstract


Writing has become increasingly fast-paced, exposed to global scrutiny, and has taken over from reading as the key competence of the literate person. Writing is socially and culturally situated, and demands application of a number of skills and processes across varying modes. Writing instruction must keep up with 21st century writing practices. So, what skills are important? Do correct spelling, grammar and punctuation remain critical to being a literate writer?

In this session, data from 829 primary school students are utilised to examine the relationship between three language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and persuasive writing, as measured by the NAPLAN Language Conventions Test and the Writing Test. Findings indicate that spelling, grammar and punctuation jointly predict persuasive writing, and that spelling is the main predictor. Participants are invited to join in a discussion on the implications of the research findings for the teaching of writing in the contemporary context.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventAATE/ALEA National Conference: Cutting Edge - Margin to the Mainstream - Hobart, Hobart, Australia
Duration: 6 Jul 20179 Jul 2017


ConferenceAATE/ALEA National Conference
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