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Test, test, test – A guidelines to develop supplies based mostly on storybooks by Ana Clara Castilho Ramos

Test, test, test – A guidelines to develop supplies based mostly on storybooks by Ana Clara Castilho Ramos


I’ve simply attended a webinar by Ana Clara Castilho Ramos run for MaWSIG. I used to be particularly all for it because it appears related to my dissertation subject, interested by method supplies writing systematically.

Why tales?

Ana’s father used to inform her tales when she was little, and her mum purchased her numerous image books. When she grew to become a trainer, she needed to make use of tales along with her college students however couldn’t at all times discover image books to make use of along with her college students. She was capable of go to the UK and purchase some.

Stories are motivating, challenging and enjoyable and can help develop positive attitudes towards the foreign language, culture and language learning.
Ellis and Brewster, 2014

When she began utilizing them along with her college students she seen how engaged and excited the scholars had been. Learners keep in mind the language as a result of it’s extra contextualised. They need to discuss in regards to the story after they go residence.

She determined to jot down her personal storybook to create a e book that was particular to her context, about animals in Brazil, as a result of she couldn’t discover an current one. She additionally created supplies associated to the e book. This was all a part of her work for her NILE MA Supplies Improvement module.

The best way to create your personal storybook

Select your story

What linguistic units does it have? Is the content material related? Does it hook up with college students? Do the illustrations assist youngsters to know the that means?

Know your learners

Make it appropriate to them.


That is the guidelines Ana used to jot down supplies based mostly on her story e book:

  1. Determine the primary subject of the story.
  2. Determine the goal language.
  3. Draw hyperlinks from different content material areas (see the slide under). This may give you concepts for actions you are able to do related to the story.
  4. Design clear studying goals.
  5. Present assist to attain the duties and acceptable degree of problem.
  6. Plan a wide range of duties and interplay patterns, together with multisensory actions, offering selection, social-emotional improvement, quiet v. energetic, the 4C’s, and many others.
  7. Recycle language all through the unit.
  8. Plan actions that promote the usage of studying methods. For instance, mirror on three totally different statements: I can do it with my trainer, I can do it with assist, I can do it
  9. Discover cultural components.
  10. Design evaluation instruments that match the instructing apply.

Different supplies writing ideas

  • Embrace scaffolding so learners can obtain the duties.
  • Be sure to pilot the supplies – they’re not at all times used the way you anticipate them to be.
  • Don’t simply take into consideration worldwide or English-speaking cultures, however about whether or not learners can speak about their very own tradition within the language they’re studying. Ana had an ideal instance of together with some phrases of Tupi-Guarani in her supplies, not simply English.
  • Use icons to foster independence.
  • Be certain illustrations cater to variety, for instance among the animals had glasses, one baby within the illustrations had Down’s syndome, and many others.
  • Have supplies that are visually interesting – not cluttered and straightforward to navigate.


The webinar recording will present you the entire guidelines in much more depth, with particular examples from Ana’s e book – I’d positively advocate watching the entire thing, not least to see her lovely supplies! Should you’re a MaWSIG member, you’ll be able to watch the recording within the IATEFL member’s space. (Be a part of right here)

MaWSIG occasions

You could find out about different MaWSIG occasions right here. On the time of writing (March 2023), our first ever hybrid PCE is arising quickly, and you’ll be able to nonetheless register.