Teaching writing using metalinguistic talk - Debra Myhill

Debra Myhill

5 Hours

NESA accredited

Available year round

Online unmoderated course


In this course, teachers develop an understanding of how teacher-led or student-led metalinguistic talk can support students to make better language choices when writing. Metalinguistic understanding is closely linked to the study of grammar. By developing metalinguistic awareness, teachers can consciously analyse and discuss grammatical structures, such as sentence formation, word choice, punctuation, and syntax.

This course will support teachers to use metalanguage to evaluate the use of language techniques, rhetorical devices, and genre-specific conventions employed by authors to further analyse textual concepts. This course has a practical focus on planning a learning sequence to use mentor texts and utilising metalinguistic talk to support students to make better language choices when writing.  

Learning outcomes:

  • Define and apply metalinguistic understanding
  • Plan writing lessons to foster understanding of language choices
  • Understand the grammar-writing connection
  • Generate metalinguistic talk in the literacy classroom
  • Model, scaffold and jointly construct model texts for teaching

Who should participate?

  • Teachers F-6 wishing to deepen their knowledge and understanding underpinning the teaching of writing in the classroom
  • Literacy Leaders
  • Curriculum and Instructional Leaders
  • Heads of Teaching and Learning

What else do I need to know?

This course is self-paced and unmoderated. All participants have access to materials for 365 days from the date they register. 

How does it work?

  • Individuals: upon registration individuals will be sent a link to access the PL on our online learning platform.
  • Group bookings: Schools wishing to make a group booking must email us the number of teachers they wish to enrol, in order to receive a quote.


Cost of participation




PL Subscription School Member
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This course is NESA Approved

Completing this course will provide 5 hours of online Professional Learning, addressing 2.5.2, and 3.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.



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