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  1. 1. Unit : CultureTopic : Local storyPrathomsuksa6
  2. 2. Storytelling in the EFL Speaking Classroom Xu Jianing Suzhou Industrial Park Institute of Vocational Technology (Jiangsu Province, China) Jianing81 {at} yahoo.com.cn
  3. 3. IntroductionAs English becomes increasingly important in variousfields such as business, finance, industry andeducation, most Chinese students hope they can speakEnglish fluently. However, from my observations andmany EFL teachers descriptions of their oral Englishclassrooms, a considerable number of students are notresponding actively in speaking exercises. How tomotivate the students in EFL speaking classrooms haslong been our concern. First of all, it is necessary to findout the main factors affecting their participation.
  4. 4. Warming UpThe students listen to some stories downloaded fromthe Internet and repeat as they listen. This gives them anopportunity to improve their pronunciation, stress andintonation. They are offered three stories each time andrequired to practice the one they like best. Acompetition is held every two weeks. When everystudent has learned to tell three to five stories naturallyand expressively, they feel much more confident intelling stories in English than before.
  5. 5. Activity5The teacher gives the first sentence to the class and then each studentadds one more sentence to make a whole story impromptu.Because there is no preparation and no body has any idea about whatthe next person will say and where the story is going, there are oftenlots of fun and surprised in the game.In the process of using stories, the teacher could, in differentcases, choose to encourage the students to rewrite the stories, usingtheir own language or ask them to keep the original languages as muchas they can. The former way encourages the students to understandthe stories and adds their own characteristics to the stories and thelatter prompts them to learn to use new words and expression.
  6. 6. Besides, picture, movies and other materials would also be great helpin storytelling. After a few months, the students’ speaking ability canbe improved to considerable degree.
  7. 7. Vocabulary
  8. 8. gingerbread (n.)
  9. 9. delicious (adj.)
  10. 10. toss (v.)
  11. 11. Structure
  12. 12. Past simpleThe simple past tense is used to talk about actionsthat happened at a specific time in the past. Youstate when it happened using a time adverb.Structure: S + V Past (Regular / Irregular)
  13. 13. For example:There was a couple who lived on the farm.The woman decided to bake a gingerbreadcookie in the shape of a man.
  14. 14. Text
  15. 15. Activity
  16. 16. Make up story -You have to add up the storytelling. -Start adding up from the first person until the last person in the class.-After the story has completed, everyone has to write down the whole story by Yourself.-Hand in the paper to the teacher.