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Talking About Wordless Picture Books: A Tutor Strategy Supporting ELLs

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Activity Description

This 123 page printable book is designed to support teachers and tutors who are working with low-intermediate English language learner (ELL) parents in family literacy programs. The strategy provides detailed instructional activities to help ELL parents build and practice English conversational skills. The resources are NOT online. It is designed to be printed out and used as a hard copy.

Developed by National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) with funding from the United Parcel Service (UPS).


  1. The preparation for each of the 10 sessions is contained in the printable booklet. Refer to it.
  2. You will also need one or more of the wordless picture books annotated in the appendix of the material.


Select a wordless picture book from the list provided in the Appendix on pages 101-108 and use it to complete topics 1-10.


  • Beginning High
  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.