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English Teaching Forum, v50 n3 p2-9 2012

This article explores the value of storytelling in English language learning. Strong emphasis is placed on the role that stories of personal experience play in human interaction and how these natural conversations foster a better language learning experience. The author outlines a four-step approach to help students develop conversational skills as storytellers, including techniques for improving fluency and honing listening skills.

Descriptors: Interaction, Learning Experience, Listening Skills, Story Telling, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Fluency

US Department of State. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, SA-5, 2200 C Street NW 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20037. e-mail: etforum[at]; Web site:

Author: Jones, Robert E.



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