Understanding and Creating Bimodal Narratives in the EFL Classroom

The Role of Images in Picture Story Books

Alejandra Farías, María Emilia Moreschi and María Mercedes Romero Day



The practicality of clearly explained frameworks integrating theoretical perspectives from systemic functional linguistics and multimodal semiotics, literary appreciation of picture books, and EFL pedagogy makes this book an indispensable resource for teachers, teacher educators and researchers. This work enthusiastically portrays new insights into the thought-provoking brilliance and delight of picture books and how they can be used to enhance teaching and learning in the English classroom. It stimulates both critical, interpretive reading and creative, impassioned and semiotically informed authorship. The richly illustrated chapters and engagingly detailed discussion of a variety of picture books highlight the impressive scholarly analyses and practical pedagogic insights of the authoring team. With this book they have provided a powerful companion for all involved in EFL education.


Professor Len Unsworth
Australian Catholic University

Suggested citation:

Farías, A.; Moreschi, M. E.; Romero Day, M. M. (2021) Understanding and Creating Bimodal Narratives in the EFL Classroom, Buenos Aires. URL:

About the authors

María Mercedes Romero Day is a Professor of English Language and Culture by UNCuyo. She works as a teacher and coordinator in primary level institutes. She is currently working at the English Department at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. Since 2015, she has been part of the research team of the Textual Genres Project (SeCTyP). In 2016 and 2017, she was a scholarship holder and Spanish language assistant professor at Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri, USA). She is currently pursuing the master’s degree in Contemporary Literatures in English at FFyL, UNCuyo.
Alejandra Farías is a teacher of English and has worked for several years at different educational levels, from kindergarten to university. She has also been member of a research team at University for more than 11 years. This project studies genres frequently taught in the EFL classroom. She is now focusing on the analysis of visual resources in picture books, exploring their potential use to help students comprehend and produce bimodal narratives.
María Emilia Moreschi is a Professor of English Language and Culture by UNCuyo. She also teaches EFL in Tertiary education and high school. She has been a teacher in university-level courses at Secretaría de Políticas Lingüísticas and in the English Teacher Training School entrance courses. Since 2013, she has been teaching Language in the English Department at the University and has been part of the research team of the Genre Teaching Project (SeCTyP). She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Linguistics. In 2017, she was awarded a grant for a three-month research stay at the Spanish and Portuguese Department of the University of California in Davis.