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Stories in learning a foreign language.

Stories in learning a foreign language? They are a remarkable way! Why? We are all aware that all ages enjoy reading them. I remember reading my son those stunning bedtime stories. His vocabulary changed incredibly. The way he spoke improved day by day. The way he started analyzing situations was different for the age he was. This was an outcome of the wonderful experience while reading stories.

When it comes to using stories in learning a foreign language, the experience is not that different. Stories make language learning a memorable and meaningful experience. This way, encouraging a child to read a story or even listening to it, helps them learn entertainingly.

What is the impact of stories in learning a foreign language?

Expose a student in reading stories. As a result, you will have students that talk, thinks, and uses the language in e deeper way. When students are encouraged to read, they are also encouraged to ask questions, interrogate, and interact.

Young students can learn a big amount of words while reading a story in a foreign language. Thus, by reading a story frequently, they extend their vocabulary. They can also learn how to use it within a structure. The meaning of the words can be predicted through the context. Students practice sounds and intonation as well.

We should consider all the impact that stories have in learning a foreign language. They are visible in the development of reading, speaking, and writing skills.

How can all this be achieved?

Different age groups of students have different methods and techniques when learning a new language. But, what is some general advice we can utilize when students learn a language?

The more we read to students or they read themselves, the more they will memorize the words. A good way is when we use the voice of the characters. Gestures and movements, facial expressions as well are obvious results. The use of props is not only entertaining but a tool to remember words easily.

Asking questions is a technique that brings rewards. Ask questions before reading. This way, you boost your student’s interest to read or listen to the story.

Stop and ask the student about what he learned and why not make predictions.

With older students, you may discuss the plot, describe characters and develop a topic. You may also roleplay parts of it.

There is no greater power on this Earth than story.

Libba Bray

All in all, we can say that the power the story has in a student’s learning experience of a foreign language is immense. The challenge is to learn how to instill it in your students and lessons.

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Mrs. Ardita Bazelli graduated with a degree in English from the Fan Noli University in Korce, in 2004. She is currently teaching English at Preca International College. Mrs. Bazelli has been a consistent partner and co-founder in national and international eTwinning projects in Albanian and European schools for improving technological access to education. In 2019, she guided her students aged 12-15 to win nationally recognized projects. For the last ten years, she has been teaching at the LSIA Korce branch, where she is currently helping young students learn English.