Why use real world stories in language learning? As well as being motivating – learners discover new things about the world as they learn the language - stories also draw on our narrative intelligence. They give us a structure to follow, a social context, the chance to absorb detail and see the wider picture, and provide a concrete vehicle for more abstract ideas. This talk presents five practical and transferable activities for using real world stories from National Geographic in the classroom.
Paul Dummett is a teacher and writer based in Oxford, UK, where he ran his own school teaching English to professionals from 1996 to 2006. He currently teaches refugee children in Palestine and Jordan with the Handsupproject. His main interests are the use of images and narrative in language teaching and how these can aid deeper learning and memory. Seeking out writing projects that explore these interests he has found a natural home at National Geographic Learning, co-authoring titles such as Life and Keynote and acting as a Course Consultant for Look, a seven-level primary series. He enjoys travel, exercise and live music/spoken word performance.