Using children's literature as mirrors, windows and sliding glass doors in primary ELT

Watch a recording of the second in our webinar series 'Using literature with young learners and teenagers', with David Valente.

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About the webinar

This webinar creatively explores ways teachers can incorporate authentic children’s literature in primary ELT. Rudine Sims Bishop’s ‘mirrors, windows and sliding glass doors’ metaphor will be explored to provide a framework for teachers to select and use children’s literature such as picturebooks, chapter books and verse novels in the English language classroom.

  • First, we identify how some children’s identities are hidden or even erased in primary ELT materials such as coursebooks.
  • Then, we consider the inclusive potential of level appropriate and age-accessible authentic literature for use specifically in ELT.
  • Finally, tasks and activities linked to selected children’s books are shared to provide practical inspiration for face-to-face and/or online English lessons. 

Recorded on 14 July 2021

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About the speaker

David Valente is Coordinator of the IATEFL Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group. He works as a PhD Research Fellow in English Language and Literature Subject Pedagogy at Nord University, Norway, where he teaches on the 5-year Master's degree in Primary Education. David has over 20 years' experience in ELT as a teacher, teacher educator, academic manager, author and editor. His specialist interests include children's literature in ELT, primary and secondary teacher education and intercultural learning.

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Submitted by victormanuelcuba on Fri, 07/09/2021 - 17:08


Hi. I'm willing to participate in this webinar, but Zoom app doesn't accept my country (Cuba) and this app don't allow us to register for this webinar. What can I do if I want to participat? 

This is not fear and isn't inclusive. Why you use this app?

Thank you so much

Submitted by Paul Braddock on Wed, 07/14/2021 - 08:56

In reply to by victormanuelcuba


Dear Victor, 

We are sorry that you are not able to access the live webinar. We will also be livestreaming on our Facebook page, but I think that is also restricted at the moment in Cuba.
We will be recording the webinar and it will be available around 24 hours after the live event.

Thank you,

Paul (TeachingEnglish team)

Submitted by MohamedEldeeb on Wed, 07/14/2021 - 11:18


Please, if there is a link or a way to attend . I've registered .

But I can't access. 

Please help me.


Hi Mohamed

I'm sorry that you were having problems accessing the webinar - if you didn't manage to join live, you can watch the recording of the event by clicking on the link above.


TE Team

Submitted by Thanathip Buates on Wed, 07/14/2021 - 14:06


I am 3rd years student with a Bachelor of Education in English. I studied literacy for teaching English last semester, and I joined this webinar. It's helping me get more acknowledge.

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