Playing with words and pictures: using post-modernist picture books as a resource with teenage and adult language learners

Lazar, Gillian (2015) Playing with words and pictures: using post-modernist picture books as a resource with teenage and adult language learners. In: Literature and language learning in the EFL classroom. Teranishi, M., Saito, Y. and Wales, K., eds. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke and New York, pp. 94-111. 9781137443656.

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Abstract

Post-modernist picturebooks in English have been characterised as children’s books with pictures that subvert literary conventions, manifest complex intertextuality, and communicate multiple meanings leading to open-ended interpretations. Such picture books, including those by Anthony Browne, Shaun Tan and Mimi Grey, while apparently targeted at children, provide a rich resource for developing language and cultural awareness, interpretive strategies and creativity in both teenage and adult learners of English at high school and at university. This chapter begins with a discussion of key features of post-modernist picture books relevant to language learning, with examples given from specific texts. A range of practical activities for exploiting these books in the classroom, as well as with teachers of English in training, is then presented.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Teranishi, M. and Saito, Y. and Wales, K.
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Education
Item ID: 16902
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Depositing User: Gillian Lazar
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2015 08:57
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:35
ISBN: 9781137443656
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/16902

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