In This Chapter
Sparking students’ imaginations so that they create their own stories
Using stories to practise grammar and pronunciation
Teaching a lesson that gets students working together to produce a range of stories
From infancy people listen to stories. It’s the way that people communicate tradition and culture, warnings, and insight. Actually, listening to a story is far more natural to human beings than sitting in a classroom. So teachers have good reasons to make use of stories, not only from fables, books and films but also those generated by the students themselves.
This chapter provides plenty of ideas for using stories with students of all ages, encouraging them to express their imaginations in the English language. I show you an intermediate lesson that helps students to plan and create stories well.
You can hear, tell, write, or read a story. You can put it across using images, gestures or even sounds with no voices. Such is the power of the human imagination that with the most basic of stimuli people can fill in any gaps and understand a complete story. For these reasons, stories are ...