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ERIC Number: ED545620
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1447-9494
A Case Study of the Use of Short Stories in a Junior Secondary ESL Classroom in Hong Kong
Yang, Chi Cheung Ruby
Online Submission, International Journal of Learning v16 n1 p35-50 2009
Short stories are considered as good resources that can be used in language classrooms. Laine (1997) suggests that in foreign language classes where there are children who are not motivated and who are low achievers, a story, if it is well-chosen, can help change their attitudes to the language. And, the narrative (or storytelling) approach is believed to help students understand the story easily. The present study was conducted in a small class of junior secondary school students in order to investigate if they became more interested and more confident in English with the use of short stories. The findings of the study show that using short stories will not automatically make students become more interested in English unless the stories are interesting and the language used meets the level of the students. Regarding storytelling, the investigated class of students, in general, favoured this approach as it helped them understand the stories easily, though their confidence in using English could not be boosted within a short period of time. The following are appended: (1) Observation Checklist; (2) Group Interview Questions; (3) Teaching Diaries; and (4) Questionnaire findings.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong