Teaching Language Through Storytelling

We are storytelling creatures. It is my deep belief that storytelling is the most natural way to learn any language, even under the time constraints of a university-level language course.

We know that Comprehensible Input (CI)  is the essential ingredient to language acquisition. While there are others, storytelling is my preferred CI delivery mechanism. It’s hard-wired into our brains at a metaphysical level. If you get the story right, you forget about the grammar and focus solely on the message.

We can learn a lot about language teaching from Harry Potter (or Don Quijote, if that’s what you’re in to).

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