Is it a grog?This workshop combines two of my passions in primary English language teaching: using picture books and teaching through real content. The main thesis will be that, for the most successful and effective long-term outcomes, it is vital to balance and integrate content-based teaching with the use of stories and narrative texts during the primary years.

During the workshop we will focus on the role that picture books play in enriching children’s understanding of cross-curricular concepts as well as extending their language, nourishing their imagination, developing their emotional intelligence and fostering responsible citizenship. We will establish differences in the language we need to teach children for social communication and for academic study, and explore a continuum of different types of picture books that can be used for teaching cross-curricular content. We will also discuss a range of practical examples which show how to integrate content-based learning with language development and creative thinking skills.

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