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This three-session virtual workshop builds on the prerequisite, Craft a Compelling Story to Tell and Teach, and focuses on tools and strategies teachers can use to guide English language learners in creating and sharing compelling stories that will also develop their language skills and promote engagement, interaction, and agency.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL teachers who are interested in learning about storytelling in order to more effectively teach this skill to their intermediate to advanced level adult English learners

There is much research supporting the value of storytelling in second language development. In addition to offering learners opportunities to work on specific language skills (e.g., writing, speaking, reading, and listening), storytelling encourages learner engagement, boosts motivation, promotes social interactions, and fosters learner voice and agency.

This blended PD course earning beyond understanding the elements of effective storytelling by equipping participants with effective skills and techniques to share with English learners. Participants will attend a series of three virtual sessions, spaced three weeks apart to provide time to apply their learning in their own classes between each meeting. In between sessions, participants will have guided assignments and reflective activities, with the goal of developing student stories over the course of the series. This series will be facilitated by Cheryl Hamilton, who is the creator and former director of Suitcase StoresĀ®, a series that features stories of refugee and immigrant life, as well as the curator and storytelling coach for the national media program Stories from the Stage.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Identify ways to incorporate storytelling into your intermediate to advanced ESOL classes
  • Guide your learners to:
    -Use storytelling as a vehicle for connecting with others and sharing ideas and perspectives
    -Explore meaningful moments from their lives that offer opportunities for connection
    -Identify the elements of an engaging story
    -Discover meaning and universal truths within their personal stories
    -Craft their own stories to share with an audience of peers
    -Develop and hone public speaking skills
  • Integrate the development of all language skills into storytelling lessons
  • Align target language skills to the MA English Language Proficiency Standards
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

Completion of the prior workshop Craft a Compelling Story to Tell and Teach.Ā 

02/28/2022 - 3:00 pm to 02/28/2022 - 4:30 pm
03/21/2022 - 3:00 pm to 03/21/2022 - 4:30 pm
04/11/2022 - 3:00 pm to 04/11/2022 - 4:30 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Digital Literacy
Distance and Blended Learning
ESOL/English Learners