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, the challenge for the students, and, of course, the right topic.
What do you need to take into account when choosing a story? Watch the video below!
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