“Everyone Has a Story to Tell: Learning English Through Narratives”


The present study is about the use of Narratives in the classroom of English especially where English is taught and learned as second language. In India, tradition of narratives is really ancient. Fables used to give moral values amongst children. But their use for learning second language makes it more interesting productive and outcome is beyond expectation. ELT always strives for innovative practices in classroom to make it more result oriented. Narratives, that too from first language or from present situation make atmosphere interdisciplinary but bring productive results. My aim is to present my views for the development of narrative skills in teaching English.Storytelling has tremendous benefits for classroom learning; I have noticed and experienced this lately experimenting with my undergrad students. This time, I want to explore those benefits, in particular how storytelling inspires students to learn English. The motivation for this comes from my recent experience of teaching to a heterogeneous group whose 80 percent of students learning English as a second language.The outcome of the paper showed that narratives play a significant role in ELT teacher’s effectiveness. As the MT helped in teaching second language in classrooms, similarly, narratives also play a dominant role.

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Reena Mittal, MJP Rohilkhand University, India

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Conference: ACAH2017
Stream: Humanities - Language, Linguistics

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