12 ways of creating stories with your EFL students

Embedding target vocabulary and grammar points in vivid and emotionally-engaging stories is a great way to help your students remember more from their lessons, and remember them better. Here, I share twelve ways you can create stories with your learners.

Lesson for Holocaust Memorial Day (27 Jan)

Levels: strong intermediate to advanced.
Ages: older teens; young adults.
Type: using a photo and class tableau to create stories inspired by a real event.
Skills: listening; speaking; writing; pronunciation (conveying atmosphere and emotion through pauses and intonation patterns).
Language focus: vocab and grammar as it arises.

Interpreting Dialogue

Levels: strong pre-intermediate to advanced.
Ages: teens; adults.
Type: creating, performing and reviewing dialogues based on short, authentic text.
Skills: listening; speaking; reading; writing; pronunciation (conveying feelings and status).
Language focus: grammar and vocab structures as they arise; formal and informal spoken registers.

Shakespeare – Julius Caesar lesson

Level: advanced.
Ages: older teens; adults.
Type: encouraging imaginative responses to and engagement with two speeches from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
Skills: listening; speaking; reading; writing; pronunciation (individual words, sentence stress & chunking, conveying emotion through pauses and intonation patterns).
Language focus: grammar and vocab as it arises.