To expand Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) learning opportunities for elementary students, this research introduces a method for using English language picture books to integrate ESD concepts into the English as Foreign Language (EFL) curriculum. An evaluation rubric was developed to help teachers, with limited ESD teaching expertise, to select high-quality picture books for teaching ESD concepts during EFL lessons. The rubric includes three key scales and six subscales necessary for determining the general quality of a picture book and for considering how effectively a book addresses ESD and EFL curriculum concepts. The validation process for developing the rubric included a comprehensive literature review and a content validation process and a reliability test involving evaluations with experts in the areas of Children’s literature, ESD and ELF. The rubric was revised and strengthened before being piloted to select quality picture books with ESD-related content to be used to teach 3 EFL lessons with 24 fifth grade students. Students’ responses to assessments and classroom interactions during lessons were analyzed. Findings showed that using ESD related English language picture books promoted more opportunities for elementary students’ authentic and meaningful discussions about ESD concepts in the EFL classroom. The rubric provides elementary teachers a valuable tool for selecting high quality English language picture books that can serve as resources for teaching both ESD concepts while improve students’ EFL skills.
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- Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
- picture book
- English as Foreign Language (EFL)