Multilingual Storyboxes in the Early Childhood Classroom

Teacher shared reading with kids
Presented by Kim Cootes and Dr Gill Pennington During this workshop, teachers will be introduced to significant aspects of EAL/D pedagogy and the value of stories as vehicles for language and literacy development, especially when accompanied by opportunities to respond playfully to multilingual texts. Reference will be made to appropriate curriculum outcomes. The purpose of ´multilingual storyboxes’ will then be explored: to value and explore the diversity of languages spoken in the school community, and to allow students to draw on their linguistic resources to develop oral language and literacy skills in English. Sample boxes illustrate the selection of contents, which include a core text written in English and home language(s), as well as related toys, craft materials, dress-up costumes and online resources to support and extend students’ understanding through use of English and their home languages. Exploration of a range of narratives is also valuable for monolingual students, encouraging cross-cultural perspectives.

Who should participate?

  • Teachers of years K-2

Cost of participation:

 Member $120
 Student member $85
 Non-member $175

Afternoon tea will be provided.

Completing this workshop will contribute 2 hours of face to face Professional Learning addressing 1.3.2, 3.4.2, 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.


The Primary English Teaching Association Australia is committed to providing a safe environment for Professional Learning and will follow state health guidelines when organising face to face events.

Should planned face to face events have to be cancelled due to changing COVID situations, PETAA will endeavour to offer the same course online either via live webinar at the same time or in a recorded format on our LearnBook platform which enables participants to complete the course in their own time. Should PETAA be unable to offer a course online, a full refund or PETAA credit towards another course will be provided.

25/02/2021 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
PETAA Office 1 Laura St NEWTOWN, NSW 2042
Online registration not available.