NATESOL presents:
Thursday ,19th October- Manchester Metropolitan University,
Birley Fields Campus, Brooks Building, Room BR 1.66.

6pm registration for 6.30 pm start.


The use of storytelling an d personal anecdotes to teach grammar in the ESOL classroom’

             By Dr  Sarah Telfer 



There is an Indian proverb which states: Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.

Gibson (2012) proposes that we are wired for communicating through and learning from stories. Stories can be used as to teach procedural knowledge enabling language learners to apply a rule of grammar in their everyday communication.

ESOL learners can learners bring ‘funds of knowledge’ and rich stories to the English classroom. Their stories come in form of their own life experiences and from their local communities, based on their beliefs, customs, and social identity. Storytelling traditions are vital in every discourse community where the spoken word is relied on as one of the main forms of communication. Storytelling is therefore an essential pedagogic tool which can be used in the classroom to generate creativity and imagination when teaching grammar and syntax.

This workshop will explore the use of storytelling and anecdotal stories as a grammar teaching technique in the Literacy and language classroom. It will discuss the advantages of using storytelling as a pedagogic tool in learning and teaching to enhance learners’ communication skills and to encourage learner engagement and interaction in grammar teaching.

It will present a series of grammar focused story tasks at a variety of levels, the aim being to demonstrate a series of interactive activities that teachers can take away and use to teach a variety of grammar areas.

Dr Sarah Telfer 
Dr Sarah Telfer is an Associate Professor at the University of Bolton. Her role includes the support and implementation of the TIRI (Teaching Intensive and Research Informed) agenda across the School of Education and Psychology. She is also a course Leader for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Programmes.



Thursday, 19th October, 2017


Manchester Metropolitan University 





Venue: Birley Fields Campus
   Brooks Building


Room BR 1.66

6pm registration for 6.30 start




 Please note – the campus car park can be used by visitors to this event


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