Sandie Mourão is a freelance teacher, teacher trainer, consultant and materials writer based in Portugal. She has recently completed her doctorate thesis investigating the role of picturebook illustration in language development. Sandie specializes in pre-school and lower primary and is particularly interested in the use of free play and children’s literature to promote language development. She regularly presents at ELT conferences and contributes to publications and journals. She has worked on writing projects with Mary Glasgow Scholastic, OUP and Macmillan and is co-author of the national guidelines for English in Portuguese primary education. She has a website and writes a blog:
Topic: The potential of picturebooks for Young Learners
Storytelling is an accepted and widely used technique in the teaching of English, representing a holistic approach to language teaching and learning. Picturebooks are one of the many types of stories used in our classrooms. My talk will look at some of the different kinds of picturebooks available to teachers, consider them in terms of their visual and verbal dynamics and the implications this has on how children use English as they interact with a picturebook as individuals and as groups of learners. By looking at a number of picturebook titles, I shall discuss what makes a good picturebook, how to select picturebooks and describe some mediation strategies.
Video recording of the plenary session
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In this interview Sandie Mourao shares her thoughts about picturebooks which are one of the many types of stories used in EFL classrooms.
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