Our own Special Ks: Kamishibai and its “kyoiku” (educational) power

This session took place as part of the 2020 Conference. The presenters were Géraldine Enjelvin, Megumi Bailey, Holly Williams.


Since November 2017, we (from the Language & Linguistic Science department) have guest-taught a 1h30 session on Kamishibai in the Perspectives on Literacy module (Education Department).

Kamishibai, an ancient Japanese picture-storytelling tradition, has been revived in many countries over the past 20 years, apart from Britain – hence our decision to introduce Stage 3 students to this creative and innovative teaching/learning method. With this user-friendly multimodal tool, students can put into practice the theories encountered in their Education module(s)- which future (primary-school) teachers always welcome.

Not only can Kamishibai be used in foreign language teaching, but also to increase learners’ visual literacy and oracy, to help with creative story-telling and performance, and for differentiated teaching of literacy. As both storytellers and learners focus on the pictures and narratives instead of each other, kamishibai stories also facilitate a non-awkward approach to sensitive topics, such as obesity or LGBTQ+ – thereby conducive to “kyokan” (a strong/pleasant feeling of togetherness, inclusion).

You can access the recording of this session at this link here:

Our own Special Ks: Kamishibai and its “kyoiku” (educational) power (UoY Panopto log-in required)

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