Response during picturebook read alouds in English as a foreign language

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)
22 Downloads (Pure)


This paper begins by discussing the picturebook and its picture-word dynamic followed by response to picturebooks and its relevance to teachers who want to (re)consider picturebooks in a foreign language classroom. A theory of literary understanding is suggested, as a way to support foreign language teachers to interpret their learners’ responses to picturebooks and help them recognize the relevance of response to the storytelling experience. The final section describes two picturebooks with concrete examples of the different ways picturebooks enable and promote authentic responses using the children’s linguistic repertoire, through both the pictures and the words.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-76
Number of pages18
JournalTeanga - Journal of the Irish Association of Applied Linguistics
Issue numberSpecial issue 10
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2019
EventMultilingual Childhoods 2017 : Multilingualism in the Early Years - Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 18 May 201719 May 2017


  • pre-primary
  • foreign language education
  • picturebooks
  • reader response
  • authentic responses


Dive into the research topics of 'Response during picturebook read alouds in English as a foreign language'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this