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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the English Language Institute at UBC, BC TEAL and the ELI have partnered to present a series of evening lectures. This lecture series consists of free events which will happen throughout the year and will include a number of different topics and speakers. Please follow the link at the bottom of the page to register for this free event.
Storybooks Canada is a free, user-friendly open educational resource that promotes language and literacy learning in multiple languages, in print and audio. Developed by Dr. Bonny Norton and a UBC team in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, this digital innovation helps immigrant and refugee learners acquire one of Canada’s official languages while maintaining their heritage language.
An evolution of the African Storybook, Storybooks Canada includes 40 illustrated stories, in text and audio format, in 25 immigrant and refugee languages of Canada, including Mandarin, Arabic and Swahili, as well as English and French. Texts include traditional animal fables as well as contemporary stories about city life. Some stories cover serious topics like responsibility and gender equality, while others simply make you laugh. It is hoped that the universal values reflected in the stories will resonate with EAL learners across Canada. Bonny and her colleagues are now developing In addition, Indigenous Storybooks and the Global Storybooks portal to extend the reach of Storybooks Canada.
About the Speaker
A Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in UBC’s Department of Language and Literacy Education Dr. Bonny Norton’s award-winning research addresses identity and language learning, digital literacy and international development. She is leading a team that is developing Storybooks Canada and the Global Storybooks literacy portal, and she is also the research advisor of Indigenous Storybooks and the African Storybook. These digital initiatives help to promote multilingual literacy through the provision of free stories in multiple languages and user-friendly navigation tools. Her website is: faculty.educ.ubc.ca/norton.