Storytelling in the ESL Classroom (VIDEO)

Traditional stories, famous tales, personal experience stories and personal imagination stories are a powerful source to develop language learning skills at all levels and ages.

There are good reasons to use stories in the ESL classroom:

  • Stories attract the students’ attention
  • They are fun
  • They are a wonderful tool to practice speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
  • They provide a meaningful context for the new vocabulary or grammar topic to be presented or reviewed
  • They are good to practice pronunciation, sounds, intonation, and  sentence stress.

The other interesting thing about stories is that they can be used in different stages in a lesson:

  • As warm-up activities
  • To present new vocabulary or grammar items
  • To present a new topic or theme
  • To reinforce or illustrate a certain theme or structure.

Basically, a story can be used for as many purposes as you can imagine provided you choose a story with the correct level of language, challenge for the students and, of course, the right topic.

What do you need to take into account when choosing a story? Watch video below!

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