New: Webinars & Parleys


During this Parley, Sandie Mourão, Gail Ellis and Tatia Gruenbaum dispelled the following 8 myths:

  • Wordless picturebooks are picturebooks with no words.
  • Wordless picturebooks are best suited for pre-primary children because there are no words so it’s easier for them to understand.
  • Wordless picturebooks are narrative-based.
  • (Wordless) picturebooks are only used once and rarely returned to.
  • Wordless picturebooks can be read aloud.
  • When working with a wordless picturebook, the children’s own language or shared classroom language should not be used.
  • When reading with a wordless picturebook, it is the teacher who reads / tells the story.
  • Wordless picturebooks are easy for a teacher to use because there are no word.

British Council: Picturebooks in European Primary English Language Teaching

This webinar provides a brief history of using picturebooks in Primary English Language Teaching and participants will gain a deeper understanding of:

  • What a picturebook is and its potential for the PELT classroom
  • How to select and use picturebooks
  • How materials can be developed around picturebooks to provide children with exposure to rich authentic language and -promote a holistic approach to teaching and learning


British Council: Using picturebook video read-alouds in primary ELT – Gail Ellis and Tatia Gruenbaum

Online video read-alouds by picturebook creators are an underutilised resource in primary ELT. This webinar will present a set of criteria for the selection of quality asynchronous picturebook video read-alouds which includes an analysis of the different video production approaches used and their affordances for PELT purposes. We will also present a framework that can be used for designing materials around picturebooks for e-learning.

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