Activity 2: Retelling Personal Stories

▶ Duration:  25–35 min
▶ Aim:  Oral fluency practice
▶ Summary:  Students hear anocdotes from their classmates and retell them.

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This is another story-telling activity, like Activity 1: Retelling Stories and Activity 8: Retelling Jokes, but in this case stories are provided by the students rather than the teacher. Students will swap stories in pairs. Initially, they will tell their own story, but after that they will have to retell other people's stories.

Bring enough small slips of paper for every student to receive one.

Students need time to think of a good story from their life, therefore it is best if the activity is introduced just before the break so that the students can think of a story during that time and be ready to start the activity in the second half of the lesson.

Demonstrate by telling the class an interesting story from your own life. This may be the only time during the semester when you will have every student's undivided attention!

Instruct the students to think of an interesting story from their life during the break. But remind them not to tell anybody yet! Write some ideas on the blackboard to help them:

Let the students tell their story to their partner. As will soon become clear, this is really only a practice run.

Instruct the students to write their name and a title for their story on the slip of paper which you give them.

Explain the rules of the activity (perhaps get two students to stand up and go through the motions as a demonstration). Work in pairs, tell each other the story, and then swap the piece of paper. Then when you form a new pair with another student, you will repeat the proceduce, telling the story on the slip of paper which you now hold. Check:


An interesting follow-up discussion is to ask the students in groups to list the different chinese myths and stories that they know (such as the story of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai). Some groups will probably start telling each other stories, if some in the group know the tale and the others don't. And as the teacher, you might learn something about chinese mythology too!
Rating: 5 stars

An enjoyable, communicative activity than can easily stretch on for most of the period.

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Bota []
10.10.2005 , 21:26

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Tessy []
17.01.2006 , 19:48