Monday, March 22, 2010

Teaching With Stories

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Today I wanted to introduce some techniques you can use to teach ESL students with stories.

Teaching Stories Method

1) Have the students watch you and listen as you read the story to them. Be sure that their books are closed and they cannot read the story, only listen to it.

2) Ask the students to rate themselves on how much they understood, either publicly or privately. You can also give them a quiz if you want.

3) Have the students open their books and read it while they listen to you.

4) You can ask them if they understand it better here as well.

5) Have the students read the story together with you.

6) Go back over the story and answer any questions students may have. Explain sections that are more difficult.

7) Have the students take turns around the room reading one sentence each.

8) Have the students pair up and read the story, taking turns switching back and forth reading one sentence each. Then have the students switch so they read the other sentences. Walk around and listen to the students' pronunciation and answer any of their questions.

9) End by repeating steps 1 and 2 and see how much your students improved!

Let me know if you do any awesome techniques when you teach stories!

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Your fellow ESL teacher,



  1. Great ideas! I will be sure to used some in my classes!

  2. Thanks for the feedback. Let us know how you do!

  3. Nice list.I would add comprehension questions about the story/conversation in there as well, I also like to then personalize the comprehensive questions to the individual students.

    teacher- what did Mike do on Saturday?

    student- he went to the movies.

    teacher-what did you do on Saturday?

    student- I went to my bank.