Teaching a Story

As the mainstay of every lesson, stories are told in the target language focusing on the week's vocabulary. The goal here is not to have the student memorize the story, but to hear the week's vocabulary and targeted structures over and over again in context, so they can replicate in their own speech and writing. Again, leveled questioning takes a large role, not only to differentiate instruction and guage the comprehension level of the students, but also to offer more contextual repetitions so that the structures and vocabulary can be easily acquired. It may look like teacher-centered instruction here, but the careful eye and ear will notice that the students are inputing their own ideas to make the story uniquely theirs. I just direct the story--the details come from the students.