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ERIC Number: EJ923444
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
Using Story Boxes in Language Learning
Collins, Rita
English Teaching Forum, v47 n1 p18-21 2009
Story boxes and story bags are containers for holding realia that are used to enhance reading and provide a variety of activities for encouraging language acquisition and use. Whatever the packaging, these are good ways to develop students' interest in books. Using realia, or real-life objects, to teach a foreign language is not a novel concept. It has been recognized for decades as a useful means of teaching vocabulary and providing students with insight into new ideas. Especially in foreign language learning, realia help students to connect the known to the unknown. Items in story boxes help create a bridge between something tangible and the newly introduced concepts or words as the students begin to explore a story and its vocabulary. The items also provide a means for making the experiences in the story concrete.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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