The BritLit Primary kit has been designed for use with Down by the Cool of the Pool, published by Orchard Books. It was chosen not only for its fun language and rhyming text, but also for the actions it encourages children to do. The kit integrates a range of activities for young children beginning to learn English.
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The kits based on a series of poems for children by Tony Mitton were the result of a fruitful engagement with trainers Claudia Ferrada Moi and Susan Hillyard at an intensive summer course at NILE Norwich Institute of Language and Education), Norwich, in 2006. During the course a group of hardworking Portuguese teachers of English had an opportunity to work with Tony Mitton, who also kindly allowed us to record him reading the poems. As a result of stimulating interactions while in the UK, the group went back home to Portugal with two projects to complete – ‘Down by the Cool of the Pool’ and ‘A Handful of Poems’ – and six months later the work was almost complete. Almost? This is because the ideas never seem to stop coming and as soon as one idea was realised another seemed to come along. In the true spirit of BritLit, nothing is ever complete, but is a continuous ‘work in progress’.
The hard working teachers invited by the Portuguese teachers’ association, APPI, to go to NILE were: Ivone Parreira Pinto, Fernanda Cássio Pêra, Mafalda Ferrari, Paula Aires, Cristiana Cabral, Sofia Botelho Ribeiro, Veríssimo Toste, Teresa Verdade Ferreira, Fernanda Roque, Rosa Santos, Graça Baleizão, Irene Galrito, Florêncio Moniz, Adelina Santos and Paula Döbele, who were gallantly led by Isabel Brites.
The course was funded through Comenius grants awarded through the EU Socrates fund.
All original illustrations were done by Paul Millard, who teaches English for the British Council.
This is part of a short series of kits for primary school learners of English. It was produced to respond to the initiative of governments, including the Portuguese government, to lower the age at which English is taught in state schools.
Text written by Tony Mitton, Illustrations by Paul Millard
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