Children’s Picture Books and ELLs: Comparing Minimal Style Texts

By Ana Lado.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Children’s minimal text picture books reflect thinking in the fields of language development, beginning reading, and book illustration. They can also reflect current thinking in Communicative Language Teaching (CLT). This paper addresses the teaching of English Language Learners (ELLs) with children’s picture books. Connections are made between features of books and compatible CLT strategies.

Keywords: Picture Books, Beginner Book, Teaching English Language Learners, Children’s Books, Communicative Language Teaching (CLT), English Language Learners (ELLs)

International Journal of the Book, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.51-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 498.170KB).

Dr. Ana Lado

Professor, School of Education and Human Services, Marymount University, Arlington, VA, USA

Ana Lado received her doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Today she is a professor, coordinates the graduate TESOL program at Marymount University ( and conducts research in the use of sparse text picture books for teaching language. She is also affiliated with LADO International College ( a business founded by her father Dr. Robert Lado in the 1970’s to teach intensive, accelerated English to speakers of other languages using his Total Approach.


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