Promoting the Pedagogical Use of Pictograms

A Case Study of Five In-Service Costa Rican English Teachers

Keywords: English teaching, materials, pedagogy, pictograms, teacher education


This article reports on the findings of a qualitative research project, in which an instrumental case study with five in-service English teachers graduated from Universidad Nacional (UNA), Costa Rica was carried out. Hence, a hybrid continuing education workshop was designed and conducted, which was focused on promoting the pedagogical use of pictograms in the design of materials for teaching English. As the main product of the workshop, the participants created and used a teaching material which included pictograms. Among the main results obtained in the research project, the students’ facility, motivation, and speed to communicate their ideas in English by using pictograms stood out.


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Author Biography

Juan Pablo Zúñiga Vargas, Universidad Nacional (UNA), Heredia, Costa Rica.

M. A. in English Teaching as a Foreign Language all from the University of Costa Rica (UCR), San José, Costa Rica. Professor of undergraduate and graduate English teacher education courses at Universidad Nacional (UNA), Heredia, Costa Rica. Main editor of the academic journal Ensayos Pedagógicos from UNA.


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How to Cite
Vargas, J. P. Z. (2021). Promoting the Pedagogical Use of Pictograms: A Case Study of Five In-Service Costa Rican English Teachers. BELT - Brazilian English Language Teaching Journal, 12(1), e41142.