Pictures, words and the gaps between: The potential of picturebooks in early language learning

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Using literature in language teaching is common practice, but the potential of picturebooks as a multimodal form of children’s literature in early language learning tends to be underestimated. Sharing two picturebook read-alouds, I will demonstrate how careful 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.
Period11 Mar 2023
Held atUniversity of Freiburg, Germany
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • picturebook read alouds
  • mediation
  • early language learning
  • strategies