Picturebooks for the road ahead

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Using literature in language teaching is common practice, but the potential of picturebooks - a multimodal form of children’s literature - in ELT tends to be underestimated, in particular beyond the primary classroom. English classes can contribute to Learning English is no longerWar, economic crises, climate change, today’s world where English should play a role in should be seen as contributing to Picturebooks are associated with younger learners, however, in this talk I shall demonstrate that picturebooks are suitable for teachers and their learners of all ages, from pre-primary through to tertiary education. Sharing different picturebooks, I will demonstrate the power picturebooks have in supporting language development, critical thinking and intercultural understanding - all through the inter-animation or pictures, words and the gaps between!

Sharing two picturebook read-alouds, I will demonstrate the potential that picturebooks hold for the primary English classroom. I will also show how teacher mediation can help children make sense of the inter-animation of pictures, words, and the gaps between. My aim is to show how meaningful language use can be coupled with critical thinking for an age-appropriate learning experience.
Period10 Mar 202312 Mar 2023
Event titleTESOL Spain Annual Convention: : The road ahead together
Event typeConference
Conference number46
LocationMadrid, SpainShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • picturebooks
  • citizenship
  • democracy
  • teaching English