Janice Bland

Dr. Janice Bland, Deputy Chair of Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Janice Bland holds a doctoral degree from Jena University, and has worked in the English Departments of Duisburg-Essen, Hildesheim and Paderborn Universities, and as Visiting Professor of English Language and Literature Teaching at Vechta University, Germany. Janice is co-editor of CLELEjournal: Children’s Literature in English Language Education. Janice is a member of the AILA Research Network in Early Language Learning (3-12 years) (ELL-ReN) 2015-2017 http://www.ell-ren.org

 

Research Interests

  • Children’s and Young Adult World Literature in English; Visual Literacy in Education
  • Teacher Education in ELT with Young Learners and Teenagers
  • Applied SLA Research and Theory-building in Language Education
  • Intercultural and Intracultural Learning
  • Ecopedagogy, Global Issues and Critical Literacy
  • Creative Writing, Principled Materials Development and Drama Methodology

     
Deputy Chair of Teaching English as a Foreign Language - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/teaching-english-to-young-learners-9781472588586/#sthash.QqLkcqOp.dpuf
 

Contact

Englisches Seminar
Johannisstraße 12-20
D - 48143 Münster


Room: 223 (211)
Phone: +49 (0) 251 - 83 - 2 92 24
Fax: +49 (0) 251 - 83 - 2 56 37
E-Mail: bland[at]uni-muenster.de

Office hours during semester break

15.02.: 3:00 - 5:00 pm
28.03.: 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Membership of academic or professional bodies

Publications

Bland Children S Literature And Learner Empowerment

Books:

Bland, Janice (ed.) (in preparation). Teaching English with Challenging Texts: Literature in Language Education with 8-18 Year Olds. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Bland, Janice (2013). Children’s Literature and Learner Empowerment. Children and Teenagers in English Language Education. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Reviewed:
Evelyn Arizpe (2013) http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/childrens-literature-and-learner-empowerment-9781441144416/
Silvija Hanžic Deda (2014) Libri et Liberi Journal vol.3, issue 2 http://www.librietliberi.org/?p=64
Werner Delanoy (2013) http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/childrens-literature-and-learner-empowerment-9781441144416/
Geoff Hall (2014) CLELEjournal vol. 2, issue 2 http://clelejournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Review-Geoff-Hall-CLELEjournal-Vol-2.2-2014.pdf
Hanna Kryszewska (2014) Humanising Language Teaching vol.16, issue 4 http://www.hltmag.co.uk/aug14/pubs01.htm
Victoria De Rijke (2015) IRSCL Reviews http://www.irscl.com/review_learner_empowerment.html
Maria Eisenmann (2015) Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies
Lydia Kokkola (2015) International Research in Children’s Literature http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/ircl.2015.0153
Marek Oziewicz (2015) The Lion and the Unicorn https://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/lion_and_the_unicorn/v039/39.1.oziewicz.html
Brian Tomlinson (2015) ELT Journal http://eltj.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/07/31/elt.ccv043.short?rss=1#

Teaching English To Young Learners

Bland, Janice (ed.) (2015). Teaching English to Young Learners. Critical Issues in Language Teaching with 3-12 Year Olds. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Reviewed:
2015: Victoria Murphy, University of Oxford, Yuko Goto Butler, University of Pennsylvania, Gail Ellis, British Council Paris, Sue Garton, Aston University, Maria Eisenmann, University of Duisburg-Essen Reviews
2016: Ewa Suchecka, University of Warsaw Review
Mª Auxiliadora Morales Jiménez Review
Emily Hird, ELgazette Review
2017: Ben Beaumont, Trinity College London Review
Olivia Mair, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, in System - An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics Review

Children S Literature In Second Language Education

Bland, Janice; Lütge, Christiane (eds) 2013. Children’s Literature in Second Language Education. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Reviewed:

Beš, Petra (2014). Libri et Liberi Journal, 3(2) http://www.librietliberi.org/?p=64

Ma, Anne (2014). ELT Journal, 68(3), 352-355.

Bland, Janice, & Mourão, Sandie (in preparation). Visual Literacy in English Language Education: Graphic Narratives with 10-16 year olds.

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Journal Editing:

Bland, Janice/ Lütge, Christiane/ Mourão, Sandie (joint editors, 05.2011-present) Children’s Literature in English Language Education: CLELEjournal.
 

  • The CLELEjournal both represents and influences international developments in pedagogical research. The seventh issue was uploaded November 2017. The journal has a multidisciplinary ethos and a keen awareness of the global reach of open access, to widely share the fruits of conceptual and empirical research.
  • Bland, Janice (ed.) 2011. Children And Teenagers: ART IN ELT. Young Learners and Teenagers SIG Publication, 11/2. IATEFL.
  • Bland, Janice (ed.) 2011. Children And Teenagers: PICTUREBOOKS, COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS. Young Learners and Teenagers SIG Publication, 11/1. IATEFL.
  • Bland, Janice (ed.) 2009. Children And Teenagers: PLEASURE READING – EXTENSIVE READING. Young Learners and Teenagers SIG Publication, 09/1. IATEFL.
  • Bland, Janice (ed.) 2008. Children And Teenagers: DRAMA. Young Learners and Teenagers SIG Publication, 08/2.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals:

  • Bland, Janice (forthcoming). ‘English Language Education and Ideological Issues: Picturebooks and Diversity’. Children’s Literature in English Language Education Journal. 4/2
  • Bland, Janice and Mourão, Sandie 2016. ‘Editorial Vol. 4, Issue 1: Cultural Identity in the Language Classroom’. Children’s Literature in English Language Education Journal. 4/1, ii-iv. http://clelejournal.org/contents-editorial-volume-4-issue-1/
  • Bland, Janice 2015. ‘Pictures, images and deep reading’. Children’s Literature in English Language Education. 3/2, 24-36.
  • Krashen, Stephen and Bland, Janice 2014. ‘Compelling Comprehensible Input, Academic Language and School Libraries’. Children’s Literature in English Language Education. 2/2, 1-12. http://clelejournal.org/article-1-2/
  • Bland, Janice and Strotmann, Anne 2014. ‘The Hunger Games Trilogy: An Ecocritical Reading’. Children’s Literature in English Language Education. 2/1, 22-43. http://clelejournal.org/the-hunger-games-an-ecocritical-reading/
  • Bland, Janice, Ellis, Gail, Fleta, Teresa, Mourão, Sandie, Schaefer, Annett 2012. ‘Symposium on Picturebooks in ELT’, in Pattison, Tania (ed.) IATEFL 2011 Brighton Conference Selections. Canterbury: IATEFL. 199-203.
  • Bland, Janice 2010. ‘Using Pictures and Picture Books to Create Readers and Thoughtful Readings’, in Kryszewska, Hania (ed.) Humanising Language Learning. 12/6 http://www.hltmag.co.uk/dec10/sart12.htm
  • Bland, Janice 2008. ‘Literary Texts and Literacy Skills for Young Language Learners’, in Beaven, Briony (ed.) IATEFL 2007 Aberdeen Conference Selections. Canterbury: IATEFL, 160-161.

Invited Chapters in Edited Volumes:

  • Bland, Janice (forthcoming). ‘Learning through literature’, in Garton, Sue, Fiona Copland (eds), Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners. Oxford: Routledge.
  • Bland, Janice (forthcoming). ‘Challenging culture through story: The Hunger Games on page and screen’, in Bland, Janice (ed.), Teaching with Challenging Texts. English-Language Education with 8-18 Year Olds.
  • Bland, Janice 2016 (forthcoming). ‘Radical Children’s Literature in English Education: Escaping Disney with Dialogic Fairy Tales’, in Schaff, Barbara, Johannes Schlegel, Carola Surkamp (eds) The Institution of Literature. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
  • Bland, Janice 2015. ‘Introduction’, in Bland, Janice (ed.), Teaching English to Young Learners. Critical Issues in Language Teaching with 3-12 year olds, London: Bloomsbury Academic. 1-11.
  • Bland, Janice 2015. ‘Grammar templates for the future with poetry for children’, in Bland, Janice (ed.), Teaching English to Young Learners. Critical Issues in Language Teaching with 3-12 year olds, London: Bloomsbury Academic. 147-166.
  • Bland, Janice 2015. ‘Oral storytelling in the primary English classroom’, in Bland, Janice (ed.), Teaching English to Young Learners. Critical Issues in Language Teaching with 3-12 year olds, London: Bloomsbury Academic. 183-198.
  • Bland, Janice 2015. ‘Drama with young learners’, in Bland, Janice (ed.), Teaching English to Young Learners. Critical Issues in Language Teaching with 3-12 year olds, London: Bloomsbury Academic. 219-238.
  • Bland, Janice 2015. ‘From a Global Language to Global Citizenship: Stories for tolerance and worldmindedness’, in Lütge, Christiane (ed.) Global Education. Perspectives for English Language Teaching. Münster: LIT. 103-128.
  • Bland, Janice 2015. ‘Performing Poems in the Primary School’, in Delanoy, Werner, Maria Eisenmann, Frauke Matz (eds) Learning with Literature in the EFL Classroom. Frankfurt: Lang. 85-100.
  • Bland, Janice 2014. ‘Slipping Back in Time: King of Shadows as Playscript’, in Eisenmann, Maria, Christiane Lütge (eds) Shakespeare in the EFL Classroom. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter. 335-350.
  • Bland, Janice 2014. ‘Ecocritical Sensitivity with Multimodal Texts in the EFL/ESL Literature Classroom’, in Bartosch, Roman, Sieglinde Grimm (eds) Teaching Environments. Ecocritical Encounters. Frankfurt/Main: Lang. 75-96.
  • Bland, Janice 2014. ‘Interactive Theatre with Student Teachers and Young Learners: Enhancing EFL Learning Across Institutional Divisions in Germany’, in Rich, Sarah (ed.) International Perspectives on Teaching English to Young Leaners. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 156-174.
  • Bland, Janice 2013. ‘Fairy Tales with a Difference’, in Bland, Janice, Christiane Lütge (eds) Children’s Literature in Second Language Education. London: Bloomsbury Academic. 85-94.
  • Bland, Janice 2013. ‘Introduction’, in Bland, Janice, Christiane Lütge (eds) Children’s Literature in Second Language Education. London: Bloomsbury Academic. 1-11.
  • Bland, Janice 2012. ‘ “Problems Without Passports” im Englishunterricht: FREE? Stories Celebrating Human Rights’. In Hammer, Julia, Maria Eisenmann, Rüdiger Ahrens (eds) Anglophone Literaturdidaktik – Zukunftsperspektiven für den Englischunterricht. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter. 457-472.
  • Bland, Janice 2012. ‘Critical education potential with children’s and young adult literature in language education: The Harry Potter series in the language class’, in Eisenmann, Maria, Theresa Summer (eds) Basic Issues in EFL Teaching and Learning. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter. 203-215.
  • Bland, Janice 2012. ‘A Literaturdidaktik framework for spanning a bridge from the primary to the secondary EFL classroom’, in Böttger, Heiner, Norbert Schlüter (eds) Fortschritte im frühen Fremdsprachenlernen. Ausgewählte Tagungsbeiträge. Eichstätt 2011. München: Domino Verlag. 171-180.
  • Bland, Janice 2012. ‘Within and Between Texts – Indeterminacy and Empowerment’, in Reinfried, Marcus, Laurenz Volkmann (eds) Medien im neokommunikativen Fremdsprachenunterricht: Einsatzformen, Inhalte, Lernerkompetenzen. Frankfurt/Main: Lang. 141-154.
  • Bland, Janice 2011. ‘Linguistic Creativity for Language Teachers?’ in Elsner, Daniela, Anja Wildemann (eds) Language Learning – Language Teaching: Prospects for Teacher Education across Europe. Sprachen lernen – Sprachen lehren: Perspektiven für die Lehrerbildung in Europa. Frankfurt/Main: Lang. 201-212.
  • Bland, Janice 2010. ‘Bilderbücher als Tor zu Literalität und Lesefreude junger Sprachlernender’, in Hecke, Carola and Carola Surkamp (eds) Bilder im Fremdsprachenunterricht. Neue Ansätze, Kompetenzen und Methoden. Giessener Beiträge zur Fremdsprachendidaktik. Tübingen: Narr. 76-93.
  • Bland, Janice 2010. ‘Patterns, Wordplay and the Music of Language’, in Blell, Gabriele, Rita Kupetz (eds) Der Einsatz von Musik und die Entwicklung von audio literacy im Fremdsprachenunterricht. Frankfurt/Main: Lang. 331-344.
  • Bland, Janice; Hermes, Liesel; Lütge, Christiane 2010. ‘Bericht der AG 7: Kinder- und Jugendliteratur im Fremdsprachenunterricht’, in Altmayer, Claus et al (eds) Beiträge zur Fremdsprachenforschung Band 11. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider-Verlag Hohengehren.
  • Bland, Janice 2007. ‘Literary Texts and Literacy Skills for the Youngest Language Learners’, in Elsner, Daniela, Lutz Küster, Britta Viebrock (eds) Fremdsprachenkompetenzen für ein wachsendes Europa. Das Leitziel „Multiliteralität“. Frankfurt/Main: Lang, 299-316.
  • Bland, Janice 2006. ‘Staging English, CLIL in Action’, in Schlüter, Norbert (ed.) Fortschritte im frühen Fremdsprachenlernen. Ausgewählte Tagungsbeiträge. Weingarten 2004. Berlin: Cornelsen, 124-132.

Further Articles:

  • Bland, Janice (forthcoming). ‘Multimodal texts as Mentor Texts for literary reading in the EFL classroom’ in Eisenmann, Maria and Michael Meyer (eds), Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies. Teaching Multimodality and Multiliteracy. 1/2018
  • Bland, Janice and Mourão, Sandie 2015. ‘Editorial 3/2’. Children’s Literature in English Language Education Journal. 3/2, ii-iv.
  • Bland, Janice and Mourão, Sandie 2015. ‘Editorial 3/1’. Children’s Literature in English Language Education Journal. 3/1, ii-iii.
  • Bland, Janice (forthcoming) 2015. ‘Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret – A celebration of story and the silver screen’. Literature, Media and Cultural Studies Group Newsletter. Canterbury: IATEFL.
  • Bland, Janice 2015. ‘A sense of wonder. Artist Jeannie Baker recreates ancient Australian ecosystems’. Grundschule Englisch. 52, 46.
  • Bland, Janice 2015. ‘Stories for overcoming barriers: Commissioned by Amnesty International’. iBBYLink 42, 15-20.
  • Bland, Janice 2014. ‘Multicultural picturebooks for a spectrum of competences with 10-12-year-old young learners’ Enever, Janet, Lindgren, Eva, Ivanov, Sergej (eds) Conference Proceedings from Early Language Learning: Theory and Practice Umeå University 2014, 32-36.
  • Bland, Janice 2014. ‘From Picturebooks to Graphic Novels. David Almond’s The Savage’. Praxis Fremdsprachenunterricht Englisch. 03/14, 4-7.
  • Bland, Janice 2012. ‘A Lively Repertoire’ Children & Teenagers: Young Learners and Teenagers SIG Publication, IATEFL. 12/1, 20-25.
  • Bland, Janice 2011. ‘Graphic Novels in the Literature EFL Classroom: Coraline.’ Children & Teenagers: Young Learners and Teenagers SIG Publication, IATEFL. 11/1, 24-29.
  • Bland, Janice 2009. ‘Gaps are Good.’ Literature, Media and Cultural Studies Group Newsletter, IATEFL. 34, 20-24.
  • Bland, Janice 2008. ‘From Within the Story with Drama Processes.’ Children & Teenagers: Young Learners and Teenagers SIG Publication, IATEFL. 08/2, 26-28.
  • Bland, Janice 2007. ‘Picture Books – as a Gateway to Literacy and the Habit of Reading for Young Learners.’ Children And Teenagers: Young Learners and Teenagers SIG Publication, IATEFL. 07/1, 10-12.
  • Bland, Janice 2007. ‘Sharing Pictures and Ideas – using picture books to create readers’, Grundschulmagazin Englisch. The Primary English Magazine. 07/3, 35-37.
  • Bland, Janice 2007. ‘Techniques in language learning. Why do drama’, Grundschulmagazin Englisch, The Primary English Magazine, Basisbeitrag. 07/4, 6-8.
  • Bland, Janice 2006. ‘Early English, Literacy and Lifelong Friends’, British Council ELT Conference Report: Current Trends and Future Directions in English Language Teaching, Berlin February 2006. 24-33.
  • Bland, Janice 2006. ‘Durch Theaterspiel Lernen’, SchulVerwaltung. Zeitschrift für SchulLeitung, SchulAufsicht und SchulKultur. Ausgabe Nordrhein-Westfalen. 17/3, 84-86 & Ausgabe Bayern, 29/3. 101-103.
  • Bland, Janice 2005. ‘Intercultural Communicative Competence through Theatre: Bonfire Night.’ Children & Teenagers: Young Learners and Teenagers SIG Publication, IATEFL. 05/2, 22-25.
  • Bland, Janice 2005. ‘Rhythm is in!’ Grundschulmagazin Englisch. The Primary English Magazine. 05/4, 6-7.
  • Bland, Janice 2004. ‘Guy Fawkes Day.’ Primary English. 04/4, 32-33.
  • Bland, Janice 2003. ‘The Value of Poetry and Drama.’ Fremdsprachen Frühbeginn. Teil 1: 03/2, 12-13, Teil 2: 03/3, 9-10, Teil 3: 03/4, 10-11.
  • Bland, Janice 2003. ‘Structuring Your Teaching. Safe and sound steps to mount a spiral staircase.’ Primary English. 03/4, 14-16 and ‘Role-Rhymes.’ Primary English. 03/4, 27-28.

Book Reviews:

  • Bland, Janice 2016. ‘Christian Ludwig and Frank Pointer (eds): Teaching Comics in the Foreign Language Classroom. WVT-Handbücher zur Literatur- und Kulturdidaktik, Band 4, 2013’ in Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch 57, 265-269.
  • Bland, Janice 2016. ‘Patricia Paugh, Tricia Kress and Robert Lake (eds): Teaching towards Democracy with Postmodern and Popular Culture Texts. Sense Publishers, 2014’ in International Research Society for Children’s Literature: Reviews http://www.irscl.com/review_teaching_towards_democracy.html.
  • Bland, Janice 2011. ‘Brian Tomlinson and Hitomi Masuhara (eds): Research for Materials Development in Language Learning. Evidence for best practice. Continuum’. Children & Teenagers: Young Learners and Teenagers SIG Publication, IATEFL. 11/1, 22.
  • Bland, Janice 2009. ‘Brian Tomlinson (ed.): English Language Learning Materials: A Critical Review. Continuum’. Children & Teenagers: Young Learners and Teenagers SIG Publication, IATEFL. 09/1, 23.
  • Bland, Janice 2006. ‘Janet Enever and Gisela Schmid-Schönbein (eds): Picture Books and Young Learners of English. Münchener Arbeiten zur Fremdsprachen-Forschung’. Voices, IATEFL. 192, 16.

Selections 1 2 5

Materials Development

Course Books and Digital Media:

  • Bland, Janice; Finnie, Rachel 2010. Selections: A Primary Reading Anthology. Teacher’s Edition 1. Oxford: Macmillan Education.
  • Bland, Janice; Edgar, Jeremy 2010. Selections: A Primary Reading Anthology. Teacher’s Edition 3. Oxford: Macmillan Education.
  • Bland, Janice; Roderick, Megan 2010. Selections: A Primary Reading Anthology. Teacher’s Edition 5. Oxford: Macmillan Education.
  • Bland, Janice; Waschk, Katja 2004. Bumblebee 4 Lernsoftware. Hannover: Schroedel.
  • Bland, Janice; Michailow-Drews, Ursula; Schultz-Steinbach, Gisela. 2003. Bumblebee
    Textbook 3 – Bumblebee Workbook 3 – Audio-CD 3 – Teacher’s Manual 3 mit Materialsammlung für Lehrerinnen und Lehrer auf CD-Rom
    . Hannover: Schroedel.
  • Bland, Janice; Michailow-Drews, Ursula; Schultz-Steinbach, Gisela. 2003. Bumblebee Textbook 4 – Bumblebee Workbook 4 – Audio-CD 4 – Teacher’s Manual 4 mit Materialsammlung für Lehrerinnen und Lehrer auf CD-Rom. Hannover: Schroedel.
School Plays
Fairy Tales

Tales and Plays for Children:

  • Bland, Janice 2010. 2nd ed. Allie’s Class. California: Players Press.
  • Bland, Janice 2009. 2nd ed. Mini-Plays, Role-Rhymes and other Stepping Stones to English. Book 1: At School. California: Players Press.
  • Bland, Janice 2009. 2nd ed. Mini-Plays, Role-Rhymes and other Stepping Stones to English. Book 2: Legends and Myths. California: Players Press.
  • Bland, Janice 2009. 2nd ed. Mini-Plays, Role-Rhymes and other Stepping Stones to English. Book 3: Favourite Festivals. California: Players Press.
  • Bland, Janice; illus. Elisabeth Lottermoser 2008. Fairy Tales: Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and The Musicians of Bremen. Braunschweig: Westermann.
  • Bland, Janice 2007. Allie's Class. In: Short Plays – Staging Women’s Lives Der Fremdsprachliche Unterricht Englisch 85/86.
  • Bland, Janice; Haupt, Wolfgang 2005. Tales of the Little Hedgehogs. Fairy Plays for 7 year-olds and older. California: Players Press.

Conferences

Conference & Symposium Organisation:

  • Organisation of TEFL Day 2017, supported by the Zentrum für Lehrerbildung (ZfL Münster) and the British Council.
    REFUGEES & DIVERSITY: INCLUSION STRATEGIES FOR ELT
    TEFL DAY | 16.02.2017 | University of Münster
  • Convenor of International Conference, 11-12 March 2016 The TEFL team (Fachdidaktik Englisch) at the University of Münster is organising an international conference on reading as a deeply mindful activity, spanning education with the youngest EFL/ESL learners to advanced secondary students. http://www.uni-muenster.de/Anglistik/Research/Tefl/challengingreading/index.html

    CHALLENGING READING: ENGLISH-LANGUAGE EDUCATION WITH CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS

    Plenary Speakers:
    Professor Victoria Murphy, University of Oxford
    Professor Marek Oziewicz, University of Minnesota
    Professor Junko Yokota (em.) National Louis University, Chicago
    Assoc. Professor Susanne Reichl, University of Vienna

    Strands:
    STRAND 1: THE CHALLENGE OF LANGUAGE PLAY AND LANGUAGE CREATIVITY
    STRAND 2: THE MULTI-LITERACY CHALLENGE OF MULTIMODAL LITERATURE
    STRAND 3: THE CRITICAL CHALLENGE OF AVOIDING THE SINGLE STORY
    STRAND 4: THE COGNITIVE CHALLENGE OF EXPLORING ALTERNATIVE WORLDS
  • Organisation of TEFL Day 2016 University of Münster, together with TEFL Team (Fachdidaktik Englisch), supported by the Zentrum für Lehrerbildung (ZfL Münster).

    TEACHING CHILDREN’S & TEEN LITERATURE & FILM
  • Organisation of Pre-Conference Event MULTILINGUAL, MULTICULTURAL AND MULTILEVEL CLASSROOMS. 01.04.14 (International IATEFL Conference 2014 Harrogate, UK). Speakers include Professor Catherine Wallace, Professor Maria Eisenmann and Dr David Graddol.
  • Convenor of International Conference CHILDREN’S LITERATURE IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION, Hildesheim 25.02-27.02.2010, with co-chair Professor Christiane Lütge. Speakers include Professor Stephen Krashen, Professor Eva Burwitz-Melzner, Dr Alan Maley and Andrew Wright. The international conference attracted 360 delegates from 44 countries worldwide: http://www.childrenslit.de/
  • Organisation of Pre-Conference Event DRAMA. 08.04.13 (International IATEFL Conference 2013 Liverpool, UK). Speakers include Professor Andy Kemp and Mark Almond.
  • Chairing of Discussion Forum LITERATUR, TEXT- UND MEDIENKOMPETENZ: QUO VADIS? with co-chair Nancy Grimm (GMF national congress: University of Duisburg-Essen 14.09.12)
  • Convenor of Symposium PICTUREBOOKS. Together with Sandie Mourão (IATEFL Annual International Conference 2011 Brighton, UK 17.04.11).
  • Convenor of Symposium CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE IN THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE CLASS. With Professor Liesel Hermes and Professor Christiane Lütge (Leipzig University, 01-02.10.2009).

Invited Talks:

  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dimensions of Culture in the Teenager Classroom – Critical Literacy and Harry Potter (6th TEFL Conference: Communication, Culture and Creativity in the EFL Classroom, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, 18.11.2016) https://tefl6.wordpress.com/keynote-speakers/
  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER Building Bridges with Multicultural Picturebooks in the EFL Classroom (Building Bridges, Free University of Bolzano, South Tyrol, 29.04.2016)
  • INVITED SPEAKER Multimodal storying (The Literature of Children and Young Adults: Contemporary Challenges and Future Aspirations. United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain, 18.11.15)
  • INVITED SPEAKER Secrets of success: Harry Potter and The Hunger Games (Ring Lecture Series, Germanistisches Institut, University of Münster, 10.11.15)
  • INVITED SPEAKER The Power of the King of Shadows (Theatertagung 31.10.15 Die Wolfsburg, Mülheim an der Ruhr)
  • INVITED SPEAKER Multimodal Storying: Puzzles, Secrets and Joining Dots exemplified by Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Researching Young Readers. University of Wroclaw, Poland, 07.06.2015)
  • INVITED SPEAKER Human rights in English-language children’s and young adult literature – from My Name Was Hussein to The Hunger Games (Ring Lecture Series, University of Vechta, 02.07.14)
  • INVITED SPEAKER Story as patterned cognitive play explored in Brian Selznick’s graphic narrative: The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Children’s Literature Oxford Colloquium, CLOC, English Faculty, St Cross College, Trinity Term 16.05.14, University of Oxford). http://oxchildrenslit.blogspot.de
  • Graphic narratives: Ideal choice for both reluctant and ambitious readers (IATEFL Annual International Conference 2014, PRESENTATION SELECTED FOR LITERATURE, MEDIA AND CULTURAL STUDIES SIG DAY Harrogate, UK, 04.04.14)
  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER Picturebooks in the English Classroom: Literacy and literary skills for young language learners (IATEFL Teacher Education Conference, Projecting onto Teaching Young Learners, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, Turkey, 20.09.2013) http://ttedsig2013.mu.edu.tr/Default.aspx?p=keynote_speakers
  • Children’s multimodal texts and ecocritical issues (Text, image, ideology: Stockholm University 14.09.13). MODERATOR OF SESSION 7: Picturebook Aesthetics and National Identity (15.09.13).
  • IRSCL Maastricht: MEMBER OF PLENARY PANEL 14.09.13 (with Clare Bradford, Deakin University, Melbourne and Kerry Mallan, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia). Topic: Open Access Publishing on Children’s Media. http://irscl2013.com
  • Global Issues: ‘Problems Without Passports’ (IATEFL Annual International Conference 2013, PRESENTATION SELECTED FOR GLOBAL ISSUES SIG DAY Liverpool, UK, 11.04.2013)
  • INVITED SPEAKER The Success of Stories: Exploiting primary children’s natural learning style to develop oral competence. MEMBER OF PLENARY PANEL FOR TEFL DAY (Münster University, 07.02.13)
  • INVITED SPEAKER Creativity and thinking strategies at YLT SIG PCE (IATEFL Annual International Conference: 2011 Brighton, UK, 15.04.2011)
  • INVITED SPEAKER Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – the centre of the world? (Ring Lecture Series ‘School in Film’, Hildesheim University, 15.11.2010)
  • Linguistic Creativity Training – is this something English teachers need? (IATEFL Annual International Conference 2010, PRESENTATION SELECTED FOR YOUNG LEARNER AND TEENAGER SIG DAY: Harrogate, UK, 10.04.10)
  • Choosing literary texts for critical literacy in language education. (IATEFL Annual International Conference 2008, PRESENTATION SELECTED FOR LITERATURE, MEDIA AND CULTURAL STUDIES SIG DAY: University of Exeter, UK, 10.04.08).
  • INVITED SPEAKER Poems and picturebooks in early ELT (Brandenburg 27.10.07)
  • INVITED SPEAKER Drama techniques in the primary school (Uni Koblenz-Landau 25.11.2006)
  • Literary texts and literacy skills for young language learners (IATEFL 2007, PRESENTATION SELECTED FOR LITERATURE, MEDIA AND CULTURAL STUDIES SIG DAY: Aberdeen, UK, 19.04.07)

Further Conference Presentations:

  • Affordances of Multimodal Literature Reflecting Diversity (Education and Migration: Language Foregrounded, Durham University 21-23.10.2016)
  • Diversity in picturebooks and diversity in our classrooms (Young Language Learners Symposium, Department of Education, University of Oxford, UK, 6-8.07.2016)
  • Refugee and Postcolonial Verse Narratives (The Postcolonial and the Material, GAPS 2016, University of Augsburg, Germany, 5-7.05.2016)
  • The ‘script’ of transformation in The Hunger Games (Challenging Reading: English-Language Education with Children and Teenagers, University of Münster, Germany, 11-12.03.2016)
  • Global issues in picturebooks (Symposium Realbooks to picturebooks: Thirty years of illustrated literature in ELT, IATEFL Annual International Conference, SYMPOSIUM SELECTED FOR YOUNG LEARNER AND TEENAGER SIG DAY: Birmingham, UK, 15.04.2016)
  • ‘The world is a globe – the farther you sail, the closer to home you are’: Time Slip and Alternate History  (IRSCL 2015: Creating Childhoods. University of Worcester, 8-12.08.2015)
  • Verse narrative: Compelling and powerful. (The Child and the Book Conference: Children’s Literature – Fractures and Disruptions. University of Aveiro, Portugal, 26-28.03.2015)
  • Picturebooks for a spectrum of competences with 10-12-year-old young learners. (Early Language Learning: Theory and Practice in 2014. Umeå University, Sweden, 12-14.06.2014)
  • Visual and literary literacy with Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret. (25. Kongress der DGFF Augsburg University, 28.09.2013)
  • The pedagogical significance of multimodal texts in a multimedia world (IRSCL 2013: Children’s Literature and Media Cultures. Maastricht University, The Netherlands, 12.09.13)
  • Graphic novels in the EFL classroom (GMF national congress: Learner Autonomy in Foreign Language Teaching at Duisburg-Essen University 13.09.2012)
  • Ecocriticism with picturebooks in the primary to mid-secondary EFL-literature classroom (Teaching the Environment: Transdisciplinary Perspectives. 18.09.12 University of Cologne English Department II)
  • Postmodern fairy tales: Empowerment in teacher education (The Institution of Literature: 250 Years of English Studies and Cultural Transfer. Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Department of British Literature and Culture and the Department of English Didactics, 30.08.2012)
  • The visual turn: Graphic novels Coraline and Treasure Island (Literature and Young Adults:
    A multilingual and cross-cultural conference, Société Luxembourgeoise de Littérature Générale et Comparée and University of Luxembourg. 20.10.2011)
  • Global issues. AG 9 Global Education in the Foreign Language Classroom (DGFF Congress, Hamburg University, 30.09.2011)
  • A literaturdidaktik framework for spanning a bridge from the primary to the secondary EFL classroom. (3. FFF-Konferenz: Fortschritte im Frühen Fremdsprachenlernen: Eichstätt, 16.09.2011)
  • Intertextual relationships between children’s and adult literature: A literary studies course design for ongoing EFL teachers (Children's Literature in Language Education: Hildesheim University, 27.02.10)
    Linguistic creativity for English teachers? (Language Learning - Language Teaching: Prospects for Teacher Education across Europe: Vechta University, 04.12.2009)
  • Beyond the limits of linguistic learning goals in the primary English class (Zwischen Fachdidaktik und Stufendidaktik:
Perspektiven für die Grundschulpädagogik: Hildesheim University, 22.09.2009)
  • Intercultural, visual and literary literacy with picture books (IRSCL 2009: Children’s Literature and Cultural Diversity in the Past and Present. Frankfurt University, 11.08.09)
  • Getting children talking. (IATEFL Annual International Conference 2009: Cardiff, UK, 03.04.09)
  • Rhythm is in. (Music in Foreign-Language Teaching Conference: Hannover University 13.03.2009)
  • Gaps are good. (Media in Neo-communicative Foreign-language Lesson: Jena University 19.09.2008)
  • Sharing reading mysteries: discovering, inferring and resisting (AILA Triennial International Conference: Duisburg-Essen University 27.08.2008)
  • Stories in words and pictures. (GMF-Kongress Universität Leipzig 28.03.2008)
  • Multimediale Texte und Zugangsformen für die Ausbildung von critical literacy (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, 07.03.08)
  • ‘What are little boys made of? What are little girls made of?’ Can children learn to trust and enjoy their own interpretive response? (DGFF Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, 05.10.2007)
  • Picturebooks and literacy skills (Fortschritte im Frühen Fremdsprachenlernen: University of Nürnberg 2007)
  • Sharing pictures and picturebooks for literacy skills (VIII. Mediendidaktisches Kolloquium: Heidelberg University of Education 04.10.2006)
  • Literacy skills for the youngest language learners (Multiliteralität und der europäische Bildungsauftrag: Jacobs University, Bremen 22.06.2006)
  • Young learners and students learning in the round: Teaching with scripted drama and participation theatre (GMF: University of Nürnberg, 10.04.2006)
  • Teacher training through theatre (Interact: Vienna University of Education, Austria, 25.03.2006)
  • Early English and literacy (British Council: Berlin 18.02.2006)
  • A fascination for words and a love of reading (DGFF: University of Munich, 04.10.05)
  • Role-plays and role-rhymes in the primary English lesson (Fortschritte im Frühen Fremdsprachenlernen: Weingarten University of Education 08.09.04)