David Valente

Doctoral Research Fellow Faculty of Education and Arts
+47 75 51 72 82
Bodø, Hovedbygning 342813

About me

David Valente is a Nord University research fellow in English teacher education. As a member of the Nord Research Group for Children's Literature in English Language Teaching (CLELT), his research centres on the integration of children's literature into teacher education for interculturality. David's PhD project investigates picturebooks for intercultural citizenship within the context of professional development for primary English teachers in Norway, Portugal, and Italy.

During his 25 years of international experience in English education, his work has included classroom teaching, teacher education, academic coordination, coursebook development and project management. David builds on these experiences as the incoming communications director for the Early Language Learning Research Association (ELLRA) and as the reviews editor for Nord's open-access journal, Children's Literature in English Language Education.

David is also a coordinating member of the four-year English Language and Literature – In-depth Learning (ELLiL) project – a collaboration between Nord University and Bishop's University in Canada. He is delighted to be part of the organizing committee for the ELLiL project conference, entitled: 'Reading for in-depth English Learning' (RidEL 2024), which will be held in Bodø.


At Nord University, David teaches on several English language and literature courses as part of the 5-year Master's degree. In addition, he designs and delivers components of the continuing professional development program for English teachers of school grades 1 – 10. Modular content that he has recently developed includes:

  • Picturebooks for Linguistic, Aesthetic and Educational Goals
  • Intercultural Citizenship Education through Literature for Grades 5-7
  • Deep Reading for In-depth English Language and Literature Learning
  • Verse Novels for Exploring Refugee Experiences with Grades 8-10
  • Assessment for Learning with Literature as a Vehicle


Valente, D. (2023). Scaffolding In-depth Learning: Picturebooks for Intercultural Citizenship in Primary English Teacher Education. In Valente, D., & Xerri, D. (Eds.). Innovative Practices in Early English Language Education. Palgrave Macmilla

Valente, D., & Xerri, D. (2023). Introduction: Confluence, Connections and a Call to Action. In Valente, D., & Xerri, D. (Eds.). Innovative Practices in Early English Language Education. Palgrave Macmillan.

Valente, D. & Mourão, S. (2022). Picturebooks as Vehicles: Creating Materials for Pedagogical Action. Children's Literature in English Language Education. 10(2), 1-28.

Valente, D. (2022). Visually Significant Spaces: Mediating Queer Picturebooks for Deep Reading in Primary ELT. In D. Banegas & N. Govender (Eds.), Gends Diversity and Sexuality in English Language Education: New Transnational Voices. Bloomsbury.