Event Description

Three webinars were held between 12-16 July, each looking at a different aspect of using literature with young learners and secondary students. All the webinars were free and each took place in Zoom for one hour.

Webinar Details:

  Webinar 1 - Using picturebook video read-alouds in primary ELT Webinar 2 -  Using children's literature as mirrors, windows and sliding glass doors in primary ELT
Time 12 July, Monday 19:00 pm China (12:00 pm UK) 14 July, Wednesday 19:00 pm China (12:00 pm UK)
About the webinar 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. 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.
Speaker(s) Gail Ellis, co-founders of PEPELT David Valente, coordinator of the IATEFL Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group and a PhD Research Fellow in English Language and Literature Subject Pedagogy at Nord University, Norway
Tatia Gruenbaum, co-founders of PEPELT, an English lecturer at the Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda (NL) and a PhD candidate at the UCL Institute of Education  
  Webinar 3 - A window to the world: Graphic Novels in the Secondary English Language Classroom
 Time 16 July, Friday 19:00 pm China (12:00 pm UK)
About the webinar

Graphic novels allow us to give our learners accessible, age-appropriate texts, providing visually-scaffolded language input. As authentic texts are inherently attractive in format, they are very motivating for learners, especially teens. Furthermore, they often offer diverse, contemporary stories that act as a window to the wider world, enriching interculturality and global knowledge, and providing an accessible route into topics such as racism, the role of women, LGBTQI+ identity, immigrant stories and more.

This webinar reviews the benefits of using graphic novels not just to develop language, but also to focus on global issues and 21st century skills, and then examines how to practically implement this in the secondary classroom in a variety of contexts. We will look at a range of versatile activities and resources easily adapted to any suitable graphic novel. 

Participants will leave feeling empowered to exploit this powerful tool in our pedagogical repertoires to its fullest extent.


Laura McWilliams, Academic Manager for the British Council France




Presentation slides
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Webinar 1, 12 July 


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