Course Description

The five elements of a superb essay

Practical strategies to teach all five elements

The keys to a superb persuasive essay: 

  • Motivation
  • Persuasive purpose
  • Audience
  • Structure
  • Using the mind

The keys to a superb text essay:

  • Sophisticated paragraphing
  • ‘Chunking’
  • Encapsulation
  • Topic analysis
  • Task to plan
  • Exam answer graphic
  • Organisational graphics
  • Advanced language use
  • Colour coding the criteria


All secondary English teachers

Teaching Standards

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area:  Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities

$379 + GST - Individual Enrolment

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Superb essays require superb expression

1 hour and 30 minutes

  • Pushing expression skills to the maximum
  • Perfect punctuation
  • Beautiful sentences
  • The best vocabulary
  • The appropriate terminology and how to use it
  • Creating the best piece of writing a student has ever written

Teaching Superb Persuasive Essays

1 hour and 50 minutes

Motivational Strategies:

  • I can do it
  • I have the arguments
  • I can be convincing

On top of the task:

  • Persuasive purpose
  • Audience orientation/persuasive language/best structure
  • What the mind finds persuasive and how to satisfy it

Sure Fire Ways to Teach superb Text Essay Writing

1 hour and 40 minutes

  • Sophisticated paragraphing
  • Sophisticated essay structures
  • Making learning, and writing about it, manageable by 'chunking'
  • Using graphics to clarify texts – themes plot, structure and character
  • Getting it across: ‘Encapsulation’, complexification and text saturation
  • Ensuring the exam task is met: topic analysis, task drives plan, the exam answer is made visual (task graphic, criteria colouring)
  • Super expression skills: compression, quoting, glorying in the text’s prose
  • Harmonising all the elements

What To Bring

  • USB stick for materials

Venue Information


Club York Sydney
Level 2, 99 York St
NSW 2000


Club York is part of the Bowlers Club, with an entrance beside the Club. Take the lift to Level 2. A couple of buildings from the corner of Market Street, on the left-hand side heading towards Circular Quay. Middle of CBD.

Public Transport

5 min. walk from Town Hall Station, through Queen Vic. Building to Market St.  

Buses from George or York Streets.  Market Street is the closest stop.

Visit Transport NSW to plan your trip.


Available underneath the Club.  Entrance Secure Parking 168 Clarence Street (back of building).

Parking Rates

COVID-19 Event Information

All TTA venues continue to work with advice provided by the NSW Health Department in managing the risks associated with the current COVID-19 situation. While the current risk is low, TTA venues will be taking steps to help provide a safe environment for our courses. There will be increased cleaning and disinfecting of all areas, and venues will be providing ample hand sanitiser pumps. While venues will be taking all the care that they can, we also stress the need for course participants to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around them. If you are not feeling well or showing symptoms of COVID-19, please don’t attend this event. Wash your hands regularly. Avoid shaking hands where possible. Practice cough etiquette, coughing into a tissue or your elbow and washing your hands afterwards. Thank you for your understanding.


Ron Thomas

Australia wide Facilitator and Key note speaker for various Teacher Training providers in the Australian Curriculum, English, Writing, Drama and Debating. Facilitator for G.A.T.E.WAYS gifted and talented students programs nationwide. Author of ‘Engaging Students in Drama’ Phoenix Education. Workshop presenter for VATE and Drama Victoria. My business runs seminars in Public Speaking, Leadership and Debating skills for students. I also run in school seminars for staff in the above plus English in the Australian Curriculum. Published Feature writer and poet.