Monday, March 05, 2012

Do you use picturebooks in your English classes?

  • Do you select titles that challenge your students to look, listen and think?
  • What do you think about using picturebooks with upper primary students in particular?
  • If you don't use picturebooks, with any age group, why don't you? What stops you?
"A picturebook is much more than an authentic narrative, nonetheless, in ELT we tend to select picturebooks because our students will benefit from hearing the words they contain - but what about the pictures? What about the pictures when they are part of a dynamic dance, a dance with different moves?" Sandie Mourão in Picture books for all. British Council web site.

Why don't you select picturebooks that challenge your students to look, listen and think, especially with older students, for they have the language baggage which will enable them to talk about their thoughts?

Today, I would like to suggest you a publisher web site: Flashlight Press. It is a small independent publishing house that was founded in 2004 and it is dedicated to creating books that explore and illuminate the touching and humorous moments of family situations and social interactions through captivating writing and outstanding illustrations.

But ,I think it is better to have a look to some of their books and think for yourself how can you exploit these stories in your ESL classes. Just click on the images and enjoy a world of resources for your daily English teaching practice.

I would also like to suggest you to read the article "Picture books for all" by Sandie Mourão, published in the British Council web site.

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