First, the audience will be invited to share briefly with each other their own memories of learning to read, with special reference to the role that pictures and sound may have played in that learning process.
Then drawing on the work of, amongst others, the former British children's laureate Michael Rosen, there will be an illustrated presentation of different 'ways of looking' at pictures. These include looking for pleasure, inspiring imagination, stimulating curiosity, understanding others, and awareness of the process of illustrating and writing. The 'ways of looking' will be illustrated with contemporary examples of internationally sourced cross-cultural picture books from countries including Finland, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain (Catalonia), Sweden, Poland, and Turkey. Available in English translations, and accompanied by ready-to-use downloadable additional resource material, this series of picture books is ideal for young EFL learners.
Finally, the presenters will introduce the first ever digital picture books for mobile devices. These ipod friendly stories will demonstrate how both children and adults can benefit from reading and enjoying beautiful illustrations, animation, and sound. www.wingedchariot.com is supported by the Arts Council of Great Britain and a number of European institutions.
Ann Arscott, freelance. Ann has had editorial roles with Macmillan and Oxford University Press (OUP) – commissioning and putting together educational packages for many international markets. In her freelance capacity she has worked for the British Educational Research Association (BERA) and OUP as consultant, editor and project manager. She joined her ex-colleague, Neal Hoskins, on the WingedChariot imprint in 2005.
Neal Hoskins, freelance. Neal began his career in publishing in 1996 working with OUP as a book consultant in Prague and later became the Area Sales Manager for the Czech Republic and Baltic countries. In 2003 he went freelance working initially in publishing research and in 2005 founded WingedChariot Press and was soon after joined by Ann Arscott in developing this unique list. His interest in personal computing and mobile software has now been combined with his adoration for children’s picture book in a most fantastic and brilliant way.
Norman Whitney, freelance. Norman has worked for Ealing College, London; The British Council's scheme for accrediting EFL schools; and the TEFL unit at UCLES. He has edited the English Language Teaching Journal, and been on the advisory board of the Advanced Learners Dictionary. Publications include Reasons for Reading (Heinemann); several guided readers (eg The Stranger Macmillan); Power, Pedagogy and Practice, and the secondary courses Open Doors and Dream Team (all OUP).