The art of teaching transcription skills in the early years of school

Tessa DAFFERN, Noella Mackenzie, Antonella Sassu

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


Handwriting and spelling are necessary skills for young writers to learn. Success with spelling is a key predictor of success with writing while handwriting has been shown to activate motor, visual and linguistic areas of the brain and is linked to success with learning letters, reading, spelling and maths. Learning to spell involves learning to coordinate phonological, orthographic and morphological processes and requires explicit teaching. Handwriting also requires explicit teaching and considerable practice. Being a good speller and having an efficient handwriting style free a writer's working memory to concentrate on text creation. This workshop will be interactive and informed by current research. Classroom vignettes will be shared to illustrate how metalanguage can be used and how children's literature can be incorporated when explicitly teaching spelling. Participants will also explore children's pencil grasp and posture and the patterns that support handwriting. Participants will trial processes for teaching and monitoring progress in handwriting
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventAATE/ALEA National Conference: The Art of English: Language • Literature • Literacy - Perth, Perth, Australia
Duration: 8 Jul 201811 Jul 2018


ConferenceAATE/ALEA National Conference
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