Picturebooks for intercultural citizenship education: an ICEKit in action

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Intercultural Citizenship Education (ICE) combines the intercultural communicative competence of language education and civic action of citizenship education (Byram, 2008). It requires that teachers and their children take action beyond their classrooms and, through English, engage with other teachers and children to ‘reflect together, propose and instigate change in their respective societies’ and become a ‘community of intercultural citizens’ (Byram et al., 2008: xxii-xxiii). Picturebooks, a form of children’s literature where pictures and words interanimate to create meaning, often touch on relevant topics and themes which prompt meaning-making, reflection and discussion and facilitate access to the concepts of interculturality and citizenship education in the classroom (Short, 2009).

Intercultural Citizenship Education through Picturebooks in early English Language Learning (ICEPELL) is an Erasmus+ project which aims to support practitioners to confidently integrate ICE into their EFL lessons and library sessions with children aged 5 to 12 years. This workshop will be divided into two parts, the first part will involve the presentation of a set of picturebook selection criterion and include participants watching a picturebook read-aloud and reflecting on the criteria. The second part of the workshop will demonstrate a teacher’s resource, an ICEKit, which has been developed by teachers for teachers during the project using this picturebook. Participants will participate in a discussion around the sequence of planned activities, with a view to better understanding the picturebook and its ICEKit as a catalyst for intercultural citizenship education.
Period11 Mar 2022
Event titleCANDIICE: Creative Approaches to Democracy Education
Event typeConference
Conference number1
LocationLisbon, PortugalShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational