Edith Cowan University
Place of Publication
Perth, Western Australia
Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA)
Tackling Talk Through Action Learning was a collaborative project involving teachers in both metropolitan and rural independent schools in Western Australia and a team of researchers from Edith Cowan University. The research was sponsored by the Association of Independent Schools of WA (AISWA) through its literacy funding. The teachers who volunteered to be involved in the project were guided in their investigation of the teaching and assessment of oral language based on an understanding of their students' oral language needs in the broader community. The teachers investigated how language is IJSed in their local area and what communication skills their students would need to participate successfully within their communities in the future. Following this investigation, teachers designed teaching and assessment strategies to meet their students' specific oral language needs and implemented these strategies.