This week we interview Gail Ellis, co-author of 'Tell it Again! The Storytelling Handbook for Primary English Language Teachers', recently republished in its third edition by the British Council. Gail is Adviser Young Learners and Quality for the British Council and has over 30 years’ experience in English language teaching.

Gail describes some of the challenges that teachers face today and how using storybooks can meet children's varying needs within a class. She outlines some extremely useful criteria for selecting the right storybook for classes and also talks about the cognitive, social and emotional developmental potential of bringing stories into the classroom. It is clear from the interview that storytelling is as relevant today as it was over 20 years ago when 'Tell it again!' was first published.

Useful links

Download the publication -  'Tell it Again! The Storytelling Handbook for Primary English Language Teachers'.

Watch a webinar presented by Gail Ellis: 'Using children’s literature to teach children English'.

Read Gail's blog post on storybooks: 'How to teach children English using illustrated storybooks'.

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