ERIC Number: ED242208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Once Upon a Time. Using Stories in the Language Classroom.
Morgan, John; Rinvolucri, Mario
Within the framework of storytelling (rather than story reading or listening) as a classroom technique for foreign language instruction, a wide range of classroom activities and over 70 story outlines are proposed. The activities range from introspective to highly interactive, from beginner to advanced, and many are offered as alternatives to traditional language-teaching exercises. Two introductory sections discuss the technique, its objectives and advantages, the process of choosing and preparing stories for telling, storytelling styles, and caveats. Nine sections follow, each containing a variety of story skeletons and suggestions for preparation and class activities. Each of these sections has an instructional theme: (1) following up a story with alternatives to traditional comprehension questions and paraphrase exercises; (2) story retelling by students; (3) grammar; (4) transition from listening to oral production; (5) student oral production; (6) student story creation from his own past or imagination; (7) picture stories; and (8) a pool of supplementary story outlines. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Grammar, Group Dynamics, Listening Comprehension, Oral Language, Pictorial Stimuli, Second Language Instruction, Story Telling, Student Developed Materials, Student Teacher Relationship
Cambridge University Press, 32 E. 57th St., New York, NY 10022.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Books
Education Level: N/A
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