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Term 2, 2016

We trust Term 2 is going well for you and your students.  

We are proud to announce that our second publication, 
The Oral Language Bookis now available. We are officially launching it in July at the ALEA conference in Adelaide and in October at the NZLA conference in the sunny Bay of Islands. 

We have planned a series of book launches around New Zealand in Terms 3 and 4. Please refer to the training section below for details. 

Here's what has been happening during Term 2 on Facebook and our website.

Sheena Cameron & Louise Dempsey  


Free resource from The Oral Language Book 

We have included a series of 'Talking strips'  in The Oral Language Book. These are designed to help students structure talk and speak in full sentences. 

Click here to download the junior and senior 'News talking strips'. 

When introducing the junior strip, we would recommend cutting up the frame and introducing it slowly. 

The other talking strips included in the book are: 
  • Book talk 
  • Character talk
  • Introduction 
  • Partner review
  • Persuasion 
  • Picture talk
  • Self-review 

Top Facebook Post 

Peacock Spiderman
(12,000 people reached)

Video credit:

This is a fascinating video to share with students during shared reading. They could then use it as motivation for writing and either write a description or report about the peacock spider.  

Story and video from The Guardian
Photo from 


Top Facebook Post
He really is a Dumbo

(21,000 people reached) 

Photo credit: UB Photos / Barcroft India 

This story has four images that are great to use as a sequence in writing. Students could recount the story or make up a narrative. 

Recommended website

This website includes fun interactive games such as ‘Word in a word’.


The Oral Language Book launch workshops Terms 3 and 4, 2016 


Wednesday 27th July 2016, 4:15-6:15pm
(Drinks from 4:00pm) – Halswell School.
Please contact Lesa to register:

Thursday 28th July 2016, 4:15-6:15pm
(Nibbles and drinks from 3:30pm) – Logan Park High School auditorium
Please contact Mal to register:

Thursday 4th August 2016, 4:00-6:30pm
(Afternoon tea from 4pm) – Kohia Education Centre 
Please contact Anca to register: 
Or register online

Thursday 18th August 2016, 4:30-6:30pm – Venue tbc 
Please contact Margaret to register:

Wednesday 14th September 2016, 4:00-6:00pm – Venue tbc
Please contact Sharon to register: 

Thursday 22nd September 2016, 4:30-6:30pm
(afternoon tea from 4pm) – St Mary's School Hall
Please contact Tricia to register:

Wednesday 26th October 2016, 4:00-6:00pm – Venue tbc
Please contact Diane to register:

Thursday 27th October 2016, 4:00-6:00pm
(Coffee from 3:30pm) - Plymouth International Hotel & Conference Centre
Please contact Helen to register:


Recommended website 

David Farmer's Drama website 

In The Oral Language Book we have included a chapter on drama. Drama is a powerful tool in the classroom and research shows that it improves reading comprehension and writing.  
David Farmer's website has some excellent resources and ideas for drama activities. 

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