Stories are a highly adaptable teaching tool and can be used in a variety of ways to teach a variety of skills.
This particular lesson focuses on extended listening skills and getting students to actively participate in the storytelling process, allowing them to use their prediction skills in a creative and fun way. It draws on materials from the British Council LearnEnglish site.
It isn't always necessary or desirable to do a more formal learning activity after telling a story in class, as storytelling activities are a good way of letting students simply enjoy listening and learning English. However, there are also some follow-up activities that concentrate on different aspects of language in the story. An interactive online exercise is also available on the LearnEnglish site.
Note this is an old plan, so the webpage it links to is no longer available. You can print out the texts from the worksheets below though.
Carnival in Brazil and a diamond theft
Elementary level or higher
- To develop extended listening and prediction skills in young learners using a short story
- To reinforce the use of the simple past tense
Lesson Plan: guide for teacher on procedure including story text and answers to tasks.
Download lesson plan 90k pdf
Worksheets: - exercises which can be printed out for use in class. The worksheet contains:
- Storytelling script and pictures
- Story card ordering activity
- Costume-drawing worksheet
- Complete story text
Download worksheets 332k pdf
For more information about this topic you can visit these BBC and British Council sites:
Fiona Lawtie, Teacher, Freelance materials writer
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