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6 Story Telling Ideas for Teaching ESL Students

Stories and story telling can be a great way to engage students in a topic. If you teach ESL students  with stories, however, you need to be prepared as  students can easily get lost along the way. Pictures and visual materials often help to  keep the students in the flow of a story.

1  Titanic  story telling worksheet (with answers)

“Talking about the Titanic” is an English language   exercise aimed at engaging students in a discussion  about  the Titanic.  Students try to match the vocabulary at the bottom of the page  to the pictures. Then they try to answer the questions and recreate the story of the Titanic in their own words. Click on the  image below or the link to download the printable PDF file.

Titanic-lesson-worksheet

Titanic (PDF)

2 Telling stories worksheet

“Telling stories”  is a story telling  exercise  using pictures. Students try to match the vocabulary at the bottom of the page  to the pictures. Then they try to tell  stories about the  pictures. 

Story telling teaching exercise

Telling stories (PDF)

3 Explaining accidents worksheet 

Explaining accidents is a story telling worksheet.

Explaining accidents (PDF)

 “Explaining accidents” is another   story telling  exercise.  Students try to match the vocabulary at the bottom of the page  to the pictures. Then they try to answer the questions.

4 Mt Vesuvius worksheet

 

Mt Vesuvius short questionnaire for students.

MT Vesuvius (PDF)

“Mt Vesuvius” is an  exercise for discussing the volcano Mt Vesuvius.  Students use their own ideas to answer the questions.

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5 Message in a Bottle worksheet 

“Message in a Bottle” is a   questionnaire for discussing and   Imagining the story behind a message in a bottle.

 

Message in a bottle story telling questionnaire

Message in a Bottle (PDF)

6 Talking about the Loch Ness Monster
 
This is a questionnaire  looking at the Loch Ness Monster and discussing  the possibility of its exstence.
 

Loch Ness story telling questionnaire for students.

Loch Ness (PDF)

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