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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