IATEFL JOURNEY (2): Jeremy Harmer: Telling and Retelling : the magic of stories in ELT

It was interesting to start the day’s sessions with Jeremy Harmer’s. He showed a photo of a group of young men with two ladies and asked us to guess who these were, he started a discussion on it. Then he introduced 2 o3 paragraphs and each time he told us it is part of the story of this photo and asked us to guess which part of the story was it (introduction, middle or end). Then he gave us the different paragraphs and asked us to arrange them (Puzzle Story). After that we knew it was the story a famous film called The Wolf Pack which told us the true story of a family of 6 or 7 twins and their mother and their life problem.  

Jeremy then started discussing how we can teach such a story in class and how we can benefit our students from it as much as possible. He discussed that we can refer our students to the internet to dig behind the story and present it in different ways. He as well as other participants suggested introducing the story using a video followed by discussions and group work, using graphic organizers …etc. He also suggested using the text to tackle different grammar lessons (the difference between adjs and advs for example). This can be used with different levels of students.

After tackling the story with the different outcomes, the students can be asked to summarise the story in their own words or act a scene from the movie, record it and set it on You Tube. They can then wait for mutual comments from their classmates. This would give students great confidence to develop their Speaking skills and encourage them to use the language more freely.

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Memories along IATEFL journey!! (1)

Quite a long journey that deserves striving for. Whenever I travel I consider I am on a learning or educational (knowledge) journey!! I do my best to enjoy every minute of it. This time it was a long way to IATEFL Glasgow. I took the plane first to London and spent the transit hours by London Tower Bridge enjoying the Thames scenery.  The river water helps you relax and set your thoughts behind. Then, I took the train for 6 hours on a long tiring journey to Glasgow. I arrived in the early morning, set my bags and rushed to IATEFL Conference. I was finally there!! Yet I had to run distances from one session to the other. This is the price of learning!! I enjoyed the talks and discussions over there, meeting new and old colleagues and talking to different distinguished Speakers. I attended an interesting session for Jeremy Harmer. I missed his talks so much. I also enjoyed Carol Reed’s session as well. I will soon be setting the details of these sessions.  Stay tuned!!

Travelling by train or bus in England is interesting especially by bus as it gives you the chance to enjoy the wonderful beauty of the English Countryside. Along the way you feel the beauty of nature in the wide meadows with sheep scattered here and there enjoying the pastures!!

What serenity!! It reminded me of Wordsworth’s idea of ‘recollected in tranquility’, but this time I was so much affected that I held my pen and started writing right away. Meadows here, small woods there, yellow wonderful daffodils sprout along the way saying hello. I wish I could have the time and money to go on long walks through these places. You find the trees clothed with green leaves along the stems and the small shrubs peeking among the tall trees. Even the greenery had all the degrees that you could imagine. I thought they were only in cartoon films and pictures, but they are there!! Imagine!!

Wondering at such beauty, I remembered how much I enjoyed Thomas Hardy’s meticulous description of nature and wondered how he did that!! That reminded me also of Jane Austen’s novels and the long walks her heroines took in the forests. Remember Eliza running through the muddy rainy woods to go to her friend’s house in Pride and Prejudice. I don’t know why, I also remembered Miss Potter’s stories and life as soon as I saw the hilly pastures. Maybe because they look somehow like the area of Lake District where she used to live.

We are approaching the city by now, it’s time to hold this beauty in heart and move ahead!! At least I tried to stop and stare as William Henry Davis once said in his poem ‘Leisure’
          A poor life this if, full of care,
         We have no time to stand and stare

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