How to tell a story… let me count the ways

Way back in 2007, I was looking for a better way to teach a language. I, myself, had 6 years of language study with very little language ability to show for it. There had to be a better way. I won’t go through my entire journey as a teacher but let me suggest a large chunk of my last 10 years of teaching was about using stories to teach a language. So my ongoing goal as a teacher has been providing comprehensible and compelling stories for my students.

In the last 10 years new methods and ideas have entered into the conversation for providing COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT (theory by Stephen Krashen).

In my opinion, ALL of these methods and ideas are about telling a story. Each method does it a little differently. Each method has great advantages. In the end teachers have to analyze their own teaching style/personality, their students needs, their administrators’ requirements and second language acquisition research.

I made a table to express what I have seen in the last 10 years of my options in telling a story in class. ALL these options are wonderful. I have used or currently use all of them in my school. I have 9 grades which means 9 curriculums so each one of these methods has a place in my class. Click on the image below to get a better look.


Storytelling Comparisons - Mrs. Spanish Class