The Children’s Literature in English Language Education e-journal is an open access, peer reviewed, online journal, affectionately called the CLELEjournal. It is a project I am working on with two German based colleagues, Janice Bland and Christiane Lütge. Volume 1, Issue 1 came out in May 2013.
Excerpt from the editorial of CLELEjournal Vol. 1(1)
The motivating drive behind the creation of this open-access online journal was our belief in the significance of children’s literature for English language education. This belief was fuelled by the shared enthusiasm of almost 400 participants at an international conference held at the University of Hildesheim, Germany, in 2010, where leading scholars and teacher educators from all continents presented recent research and new perspectives on the uses of children’s literature in second language teaching for children and young adults.
It became clear that a platform was needed for publishing papers focusing on children’s literature and second language learning, to serve as an important source of information on this vibrant, fast-emerging research area. The two academic fields, teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), and children’s literature scholarship, are traditionally seen as quite separate; apparently little overlap occurs. It is our hope that this journal can become a bridge to connect scholarly debate, encompassing both children’s literature scholarship and TEFL. Literary texts form an empowering gateway to new perspectives and intercultural awareness, and the imaginative scope of children’s literature contributes to broadening our students’ (and our) understanding of humanity and the world.
The CLELEjournal solicits papers that cover all forms of children’s literature: fiction and non-fiction, oral storytelling and picturebooks, fairy tales, poetry and rhymes, comics and graphic novels, children’s films, educational drama and plays for children and young adults, as well as language learner literature. We are interested in contributions that cover the theory and practice of using children’s literature in the English language classroom, encompassing the sharing of research projects and results, in-depth textual analysis and interpretation, teaching ideas as well as discussion around writing and adapting literature for second language education.
Here is the link to CLELEjournal webpage.