Sandie has lived and worked in Portugal since 1987. She is an independent scholar, working as a teacher educator, author and consultant and specialising in early years language education. She has experience of working with all age groups and their teachers, but her main focus is pre-primary (ages 3 - 6 years). Sandie has an MA in TESOL from The University of Manchester and a PhD in didactics and teacher education from The University of Aveiro in Portugal. Both her MA dissertation and PhD thesis involved research in pre-primary contexts.

Sandie’s other passion is picturebooks, a form of children’s literature, which uses both picture and word to create meaning. She writes a blog, Picturebooks in ELT, which promotes the use of picturebooks with language learners of all age groups.

Sandie has authored a number of language learning courses and resource books and is the co-author of the guidelines for primary English education in Portugal. She is a regular contributor to edited volumes, journals and magazines related to ELT. She is also co-editor of the CLELE journal, an open access online journal, which brings children’s literature and language learning together.

Sandie gives plenaries, workshops and presentations around the world, and has worked as a trainer with NILE since 2006. She writes teacher development materials and is a part-time trainer for Oxford University Press and Associação Portuguesa de Professores de Inglês (APPI).


  • Books

    Mourão, S.  (forthcoming). Teaching English in the early years. Peaslake: Delta Publishing

    Bento, C. Coelho, R. Joseph, N. & Mourão, S. (2005). Programa de Generalização de Ensino de Inglês no 1º Ciclo do ensino Básico. Orientações Programáticas Lisboa: Ministério de Educação

    Dias, A. & Mourão, S.  (2005). Inglês no 1.º ciclo – práticas partilhadas. Porto: ASA Editores.

    Mourão, S.  (2003). Junior English Timesavers ‘REALBOOKS! in the Primary Classroom. London: Mary Glasgow Scholastic

  • Edited books

    Mourão, S. & Lourenço, M. (Eds.) (forthcoming). Early years second language education: international perspectives on theories and practice. Abingdon: Routledge

    Mourão, S. (Ed.). (2010). APPInep: Celebrating ten years of teaching children in Portugal. Lisbon: APPI

    Mitchell-Schuitevoerder, R. & Mourão, S. (Eds.). (2006). Teachers and young learners - research in our classrooms. Canterbury: IATEFL

  • Course books

    Mourão, S.  (2011). Hello Jack! Student's Book & Teacher's Guide. Oxford: Macmillan

    Mourão, S. Coelho, R. Bento, C. Joseph, N. (2009). Hoola Hoop Primary 1, 2, 3, 4 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

    Mourão, S. & Gamboa, F.C. (2009). Best Buddies Student's Book, Activity Book & Teacher's Guide Level 1, 2 and 3. Editorial Macmillan de México, S.A: Mexico City

    Mourão, S. (2007). Three in a Tree Activity Book  - Level A and B. Oxford University Press: Oxford

  • Chapters in books

    Mourão, S. (forthcoming). Valuing children’s linguistic repertoires to support foreign language development during repeated read alouds of English picturebooks. In S. Mourão, & Lourenço, M.  (Ed.) Early Years Second Language Education: International Perspectives on Theories and Practice. Abingdon: Routledege.

    Borges, M. & Mourão, S. (2013). Planeta Tangerina: an editorial concept that pushes boundaries. In B. Carrington, & J. Harding, (Eds.). Beyond the Book: Transforming Children’s Literature. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

    Mourão, S. (2012). Picturebook: object of discovery. In J. Bland, & C. Lütge, (Eds.). Children’s Literature in Second Language Education. London: Bloomsbury Academic

    Mourão, S. (2012). Repeated read alouds and picturebook illustrations: a discussion around language development in a FL context. In H. Emery, & F. Gardiner-Hyland (Eds.). Contextualizing EFL for young learners: international perspectives on policy and practice. Dubai: TESOL Arabia Publications. pp. 361-379

    Mourão, S. (2009). Using stories in the primary classroom. In L. Denham, & N. Figueras, (Eds.). BritLit: Using Literature in EFL Classrooms. Barcelona: APAC pp. 19 – 33

    Mourão, S. (2006). Understanding authentic picturebooks.  How do children do it? In R. Mitchell-Schuitevoerder, & S. Mourão, (Eds.). Teachers and Young learners: Research in our classrooms. Canterbury: IATEFL

    Mourão, S. (2006). Understanding and sharing: English storybook borrowing in Portuguese pre-schools and a repeated storytelling procedure. In J. Enever & G. Schmid-Schönbein, (Eds.). Picturebooks and primary EFL learners. Munchen: Langenscheidt

  • Articles (since 2008)

    Mourão, S. (2013) Picturebooks for old and young.  APPI Journal, 2013.2 Autumn APPI: Lisbon

    Mourão, S. (2013). Response to 'The Lost Thing': Notes from a secondary classroom. CLELEjournal Vol 1(1) 2013 pp. 81-106. Retrieved from:

    Mourão, S. (2013). 'Review article: Teaching Children’s Literature. It’s Critical!' (C. Leland, M. Lewison, and J. Harste). ELT Journal (2013) doi: 10.1093/elt/cct025

    Mourão, S. (2012). Supporting the development of Emotional Intelligence. In The Young Learners and Teenagers SIG Publication Spring 2012 Issue 1, IATEFL: Canterbury

    Mourão, S. (2011). Apontamentos sobre a flexibilidade na relação imagem-palavra no livro-álbum: exemplos ao alcance de todos. Malasartes nº 21/22 Novembro 2011.  pp. 54-63

    Mourão, S. (2011). Current research: Using picturebooks with language learners of all ages.  The Teacher Trainer Autumn / November 2011 Vol 5, nº 3, p 20-23

    Mourão, S. (2011). The learning affordances of picturebooks.  Special Supplement: Teaching English to Young Learners. The ETAS Journal. English Teachers Association Switzerland: Yverdon. pp 36–38

    Mourão, S. (2011). Picturebooks are for children and teenagers. The Young Learners and Teenagers SIG Publication Spring 2011 Issue 1 IATEFL: Canterbury

    Mourão, S. (2011). Demystifying the picturebook. IN English: The British Council magazine for teachers of English in Lusophone Countries (British Council: Porto) pp. 11-15 Retrieved from:

    Mourão, S. (2011). Picturebooks for all. Retrieved from:

    Mourão, S. (2010).  Picturebooks - the visual and the verbal.  APPI Journal 2010:1 Spring APPI: Lisbon

    Mourão, S. (2010). 'Review article: Oxford Basics for Children: Vocabulary Activities, Starting and Ending Lessons, English Through Music' in ELTJ Vol 64/3 July 2010

    Mourão, S. (2010).  'What’s in a picturebook?' in Mourão, S. (Ed.) APPInep: Celebrating ten years of teaching children in Portugal Lisboa: APPI

    Mourão, S. (2009).  Picturebooks - objects of discovery. APPI Journal 2009:2 Autumn APPI: Lisbon

    Mourão, S. (2009).  ‘Surprised!’ Telling the pictures. Can the illustrations in picturebooks promote language acquisition? In M. Cruz, & P. Medeiros, (Coords.). Revista Saber & Educar. nº 14 Ensino de Línguas no 1º Ciclo do Ensino Básico e Pré-escolar. Lisbon: Escola Superior de Educação de Paula Frassinetti ISSN 1647-2144 Retrieved from

    Mourão, S. (2008). Review article: 500 Activities for the primary classroom' (Read, C.). ELT Journal July 2008 Issue 62/3 OUP: Oxford

Sandie Mourão NILE Training Consultant