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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

Tags: collection, list, web 2.0, resources, websites

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20, 2019. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27, 2019. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

Tags: prepositions, teach, verbs, phrasal


Whatever the subject, I believe that stories should play a vital role. We are hardwired to learn through stories and more importantly to "embed" within our subconscious mind, the lessons and learning of life, by way of story. Wisdom is a story.

I have used stories in the EFL classroom and especially funny stories (there are some good ones in my teaching folder, about 25 simple ones. ) I have also had a lot of success using folktales and they are especially effective when teaching EFL because the students already bring the cultural background, the cultural specific knowledge to the table. Heungbu / Nolbu is a korean fav. of mine.

Stories can be used to access comprehension, to teach a moral lesson and allow critical thinking or simply as a means of practicing English and presentation skills by retelling. I love having students retell and I will often send two students out of the class with a story to read. When they return, the class tells them the story I told when they were out of the room. They inturn read/retell their own story. Repetitive stories work wonders in the EFL classroom (like the 3 wishes jokes...)

How have you others used stories in your own classrooms?

I do think we have to get our students reading, motivated to read outside the classroom. This will be crucial in their own development and especially in regards to their ability to write, to communicate through writing when they get older and need to at work. Reading is crucially linked to writing ability/ learning. So I have my leveled readers on my website but will also be adding a reading folder. There you will find many stories like that attached here. (flash is amazing for stories.) from Literactive. Also a full phonics program you can use in class or by sending students to, on site. Take a look and let me know what you think of this one I've attached. Or go to my NEW reading folder. Plenty more reading resources to be uploaded soon....this folder is private and for now, only for us at eflclassroom.


Download Heungbu and Nolbu.ppt

Download WHEN I GROW UP.swf

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Comment by Susan on July 22, 2007 at 12:49pm
There are some wonderful free resources for stories on the internet here are just a few:
Printable graded story books "" the site is membership only there are some 30 free sample books. has a 30 book series with accompanying workpages to download free.

Myths and Legends an excellent site texts, slideshows, slideshow creator, lessonplans, storyboard and much more... graded stories to read online or print. phonics through simple stories (and a lot more)

And don't forget quite a few teachers have been posting their classroom creations there.

Comment by ddeubel on August 15, 2007 at 1:07pm

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