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.

Abstract:

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: https://york.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=11f4179a-1940-4475-a4ba-ab6e009b8e9c

 

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