Teaching Foreign Language Through Storytelling
By Jeanette Borich
April 3, 2012
What is the best way to help students learn a second language?
Traditionally, teachers tackle the "how" of the language. Students learn a list of vocabulary, are introduced to various rules, produce language according to those rules, and are corrected as needed.
This year I tried something different: using storytelling to help my 8th graders become more confident second-language (L2) learners. This method emphasizes the gradual acquisition of language rather than the memorization of vocabulary and rules. It's more about "what" is said than "how" it is said.
Here are my takeaways from this big change. While these insights are about teaching Spanish, they could apply to any major pedagogical shift.
-Learn as much as you can about the new approach.
-Match your approach to the standards your students must meet.
-Seek out supportive colleagues.
-Ask students for mid-year feedback.
-Make adjustments accordingly.
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