July 9, 2019
by Nora Nagy
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Looking together: word and image interplay in picture books

Picture books are rich resources for language development as well as visual literacy development, regardless of the age of your students. In a previous post we discussed some of the key elements of visual storytelling. Now we turn to the … Continue reading

June 20, 2019
by Nora Nagy
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Looking together: visual storytelling in The Thinking Train stories

How do the visual elements in our picture book series, The Thinking Train influence reading experience and meaning-making? Each story in the now 20-book series is fully illustrated; both the images and the words engage the readers, and the interplay … Continue reading

June 5, 2019
by Nora Nagy
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Stories that support language and thinking development

A need for stories Stories help us meaningfully organize our experiences, no matter how old we are or what language we speak. When we think about the importance of stories in our everyday life as language teachers, it feels natural … Continue reading

May 24, 2019
by Nora Nagy
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A love of libraries: library activities for young learners

There are lots of exciting ways to end the school term or start a holiday course. One of them is taking young learners to your local or school library. In our series about libraries, we will guide you through some … Continue reading

May 17, 2019
by Nora Nagy
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The Age of Innocence in the English classroom

We are all aware of the benefits of extensive reading, but some of us may feel unsure about how to approach longer texts in class. How should we scaffold the reading for our students and how much time should we dedicate … Continue reading