Teaching communicative skills and intercultural awareness through the use of picturebooks

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Abstract

This talk will take its point of departure in the following topical questions:
Why work with picturebooks in EFL teaching with pupils?
How to support the development of pupils’ intercultural communicative skills through a focus on picturebooks?
State-of-the-art theory on language teaching emphasizes picturebooks as a resource for the development of EFL pupils’ intercultural communicative skills (Birketveit, 2021; Carlsen, 2021; Heggernes, 2020)
The talk will be organised in two parts: A discussion and a presentation of practical ideas from our experience as teacher trainers.
The discussion of the potentials of picturebooks for developing EFL pupils’ intercultural communicative skills takes a point of departure in e.g. Shaun Tan’s The Arrival (2006) and Jessica Love’s Julian Is a Mermaid (2018). The focus will be on suggestions for how to exploit the multimodality of picturebooks as a means of supporting EFL pupils’ receptive and productive communication skills (Rimmereide, 2021).
The presentation of practical ideas will give examples of learning activities for working with picturebooks and the development of EFL pupils’ intercultural communicative skills (Balle, Olsen & Pedersen, 2019). The goal is to facilitate EFL pupils’ intercultural understanding and to support their ability to become future partakers of the discourses of interculturality.

Bibliography:
Tan, S. (2006). The Arrival. Hodder Children’s Books.
Love, J. (2018). Julian Is a Mermaid. Walker Books.

References:
Balle, S. H., Olsen, M. & Pedersen, M. S. (2019). Dannelse i og gennem sprogfagene. In M. W. Andersen et al., Dannelse i alle fag (pp. 115-127). Frederikshavn: Dafolo.
Birketveit, A. (2021). Picturebooks. In G. Williams & A. Normann (Eds.), Literature for the English Classroom - Theory into Practice (2nd ed.). Fagbokforlaget.
Carlsen, C. (2020). Reading Literature. In C. Carlsen, M. Dypedahl, & S. H. Iversen (Eds.), Teaching and Learning English (2nd ed.). Cappelen Damm Akademisk.
Heggernes, S. L. (2020). Using Picturebooks for Intercultural Learning. In M. Dypedahl & R. E. Lund (Eds.), Teaching and Learning English Interculturally (1st ed.). Cappelen Damm Akademisk.
Rimmereide, H. E. (2021). Graphic novels in the English Classroom. In G. Williams & A. Normann (Eds.), Literature for the English Classroom - Theory into Practice. Fagbokforlaget.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date7 May 2024
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2024
EventRidEL - Reading for in-depth English Learning: Texts in and beyond the classroom - Quality Hotel Ramsalt, Bodø, Norway
Duration: 6 May 20248 May 2024
https://site.nord.no/ridel/

Conference

ConferenceRidEL - Reading for in-depth English Learning
LocationQuality Hotel Ramsalt
Country/TerritoryNorway
CityBodø
Period06/05/2408/05/24
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Keywords

  • learning, educational science and teaching
  • schools, courses and institutions
  • Communicative skills
  • Intercultural competence
  • Picturebooks
  • children and youth
  • education, professions and jobs

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