Stories are a great tool to introduce and/or review vocabulary and expose learners to the language in context. When using stories with second language learners in the setting of a world language program, where students only have the language once or twice a week, you have to take into account that you can’t bring any story written for native or heritage speakers. Most of the time these stories are packed with too much language and not enough repetition which can lead your students to frustration. These stories might not be comprehensible enough for them. It’s important to take into account that most students who participate into this type of programs follow under the Novice Proficiency Guidelines by ACTFL.- (Visit link for more info).
When I bring stories to my classes I like to:
1.Keep them simple, engaging and repetitive.
2. Use games to support them.
3. Keep the arts and crafts simple.
4. Provide mini-books for students to take home.
5. Use real pictures when possible.
What else would you add to this list? Let me know int the comments!
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