Picturebooks as vehicles on the roadmap of democratic citizenship

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Picturebooks are a magical, multimodal form of children’s literature and, in the field of foreign language education, have been considered a rich and authentic source of meaningful input for over four decades. Although associated with younger learners, it is now widely accepted that contemporary picturebooks are not age limited, for a good picturebook will invite readers of all ages to use their critical interpretative skills to reflect deeply on the often-complex issues they find there. Carefully selected picturebooks are valuable as resources for integrating other areas of the curriculum such as contemporary citizenship. They can become the vehicles to support and foster the development of necessary competences for the three pillars of democratic citizenship - Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law.

In my talk/performance I will be sharing picturebooks with you that present opportunities for integrating contemporary citizenship issues into the language classroom - issues which, until now you might not have considered as part of a language teachers’ roadmap. My aim is to (re)introduce you to the picturebook, to signpost the compelling and challenging themes it can embody and encourage you to take a less-travelled route towards intercultural exploration and civic engagement. I will challenge you to adventure along a different route, to contemplate the role of language learning in education today and to consider picturebooks as the vehicles to help you get there.
Period23 Aug 2023
Held atLEND, Italy
Degree of RecognitionInternational