Sandie Mourão

Modern Languages, Cultures and Literatures
Invited Assistant Professor



Teaching languages


Online pages

Scientific areas

  • Early years language education
  • Teaching English to young learners
  • Illustrated children's literature and picturebooks
  • Literature and film in language education
  • Play and language development
  • Classroom research
  • Teacher education
pre-primary, early years, primary, young learners, picturebooks, play, assessment, teacher education, classroom research.

Research Associations and Networks

Selected Publications

  • Mourão, S. (2018). Playing in English: the emerging voices of pre-primary children in a foreign language context. In F. Copland, & S. Garton, (Eds.), Voices from the TESOL Classroom: Participant Inquiries in Young Learner Classes. Alexandria, Vir: TESOL.
  • Mourão, S. (2018). The social and linguistic benefits of peer interaction in a foreign language-learning programme. In M. Schwartz (Ed.) Preschool Bilingual Education: Agency in Interactions between Children, Teachers, and Parents. Multilingual Education Series. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer
  • Lourenço, M. & Mourão, S. (2018). Learning English (and other languages) in Portugal, Language Issues, 28(2), 53-55.
  • Mourão, S. (2017). Picturebooks in instructed foreign language learning contexts. In M. Nikolajeva & C. Beauvais (Eds.) The Edinburgh Companion to Children’s Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Mourão, S. (2015). English at pre-primary: the challenges of getting it right. In J. Bland, (ed.) Teaching English to Young Learners. Critical Issues in Language Teaching with 3-12 year olds. London: Bloomsbury Academic pp 51-70
  • Mourão, S. (2015). The potential of picturebooks with young learners. In J. Bland, (ed.) Teaching English to Young Learners. Critical Issues in Language Teaching with 3-12 year olds. London: Bloomsbury Academic pp 199 - 218
  • Mourão, S. (2015). What’s real and what’s not: playing with the mind in wordless picturebooks. In J. Evans, (ed.) Challenging and Controversial Picturebooks: Creative and Critical Responses to Visual Texts. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Mourão, S. (2015). Response to picturebooks: A case for valuing children’s linguistic repertoires during repeated read alouds. In S. Mourão, & M. Lourenço, (ed.) Early Years Second Language Education: International Perspectives on Theories and Practice. Abingdon: Routledege.
  • Mourão, S. (2015). Picturebooks for teenagers: The house that crack built, Special Supplement: Teaching English to teens. The ETAS Journal. English Teachers Association Switzerland: Yverdon. pp 32-34
  • Mourão, S. (2015) Early childhood education, Voices bimonthly IATEFL newsletter Issue 243, p. 6
  • Mourão, S. (2013). Picturebooks for old and young. APPI Journal, 2013.2 Autumn APPI: Lisbon
  • Mourão, S. (2011). Current research: Using picturebooks with language learners of all ages. The Teacher Trainer Autumn / November 2011 Vol 25/3, p. 20-23
  • Mourão, S. (Ed.). (2010). APPInep: Celebrating ten years of teaching children in Portugal. Lisbon: APPI
  • Mourão, S. & Coelho, (2009). Hoola Hoop Primary 1, Student's Book & Teacher's Guide. Porto: Porto Editora
  • Coelho, D & Mourão, S. (2009). Little Hoola Pre-school Student's Book & Teacher's Guide. Porto: Porto Editora
  • Mitchell-Schuitevoerder, R. & Mourão, S. (Eds.). (2006). Teachers and young learners - research in our classrooms. Canterbury: IATEFL
  • Dias, A. & Mourão, S. (2005). Inglês no 1.º ciclo – práticas partilhadas. [English in primary – shared practices] Porto: ASA Editores.

Academic training

Year Degree Area Institution Grade
Teacher education and didactics
University of Aveiro
University of Manchester
Creative Arts
Nottingham Trent University

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