Using English picture books for elementary school and junior high school collaboration

James Hall & Tomoko Yamazaki

Our idea for promoting collaboration in English education between elementary schools (ES) and junior high schools (JHS) is English picture books. The authors oversaw an ES/JHS professional development program for foreign language instruction where ES and JHS teachers conducted an English picture book class at an ES. This study analyzed two classes. One class focused on learning language from the story while the other focused on enjoying the story. The importance that ES curricula placed on learning language determined the focus. In both classes, JHS teachers enhanced the storytelling and English speaking activities while the ES teacher acted as the facilitator.