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

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Join us on Wednesday 14 July for 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 will creatively explore 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 will identify how some children’s identities are hidden or even erased in primary ELT materials such as coursebooks.
  • Then, we will 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 will be shared to provide practical inspiration for face-to-face and/or online English lessons. 

Date

14 July 2021

Time

12.00pm UK time. See what time this is where you are

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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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