Deepening Learning by Enhancing Classroom Talk

Workshop Description


Language is the foundation of learning but too often in classrooms, students do not get the opportunity to practise it because classroom talk is dominated by the teacher. Whereas, at its best, high quality dialogue creates interaction and engagement with learning, providing opportunities for students to move from surface-level knowledge to deeper understanding. Hattie reported that effective dialogue can double the average rate of learning; as a pedagogical tool, exploratory talk is one of the most effective ways to create challenge, wonder, inquiry and critical thinking.

Learning Intentions

This workshop is suitable for teachers, leaders and support staff working with students between the ages of 3-19. The day will help participants to ...


• Learn how to increase the quality of student talk in their classroom.

• Learn how dialogue engages and motivates learners of all ages so that they understand key concepts more rigorously.

• Understand how to make lessons more active, meaningful, challenging and collaborative.

• Be able to improve their students’ reasoning skills, so they can move from surface to deep learning.

• Be able to facilitate high quality dialogue that encourage students to take more ownership of their learning, share their thinking and form reasoned - and reasonable - opinions.

• Know how to create the right conditions for truly exploratory dialogue to flourish, encouraging learners to become more open, more collaborative and more reflective.

• Learn how to use dialogue to develop higher-order thinking skills, metacognition and the learning dispositions needed for collaboration and problem-solving.

Further reading: Challenging Learning Through Dialogue by James Nottingham, Jill Nottingham and Martin Renton



Target Audience: Teachers (all grades), Instructional Coaches, Allied Educators and School Leaders



Course Registration Details

Presenter: Mr James Nottingham

Date: TBC

Time: TBC

Delivery Mode: TBC


Early Bird: S$400nett per participant (till TBC)

Standard: S$500nett per participant (from TBC)

Group Discount: S$50 off per participant if 3 or more from same organisation register for same workshop
Fees are inclusive of 1 lunch and 1 coffee/tea break

Closing date: TBC

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  1. A place will be reserved for you upon receipt of your registration.

  2. Registrations should be sent at least 14 days before course date.

  3. A confirmation email will be sent to you 14 days before the course.

For Payment

  1. An e-invoice will be generated and email to you. Payments are to be made in Singapore Dollars (SGD).

  2. Payment is required to be made in full at least two weeks before the commencement of the workshop.

  3. Please make your payment either by cheque or GIRO upon receiving our invoice.

  4. All cheques should be crossed and made payable to "Illumien Asia Pte Ltd " with the invoice no. indicated on the back of the cheque.

  5. Any bank charges incurred as a result of bank/telegraphic transfers will have to be borne by the school/organization.

  6. Fees are inclusive of course materials, certificate of accomplishment, buffet lunch & 1 tea break.

Withdrawals / No-Show
For any withdrawals or cancellation, participants will be subjected to the following charges:

Notice Period & Withdrawal / Cancellation Charge

More than 14 days - 50% of course fee

Less than 14 days - 100% of course fee

Less than 3 working days or No-Show - 100% of course fee

Illumien Asia reserves the right to change or cancel the course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, all registrants will receive full refund.

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