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This interactive three-session virtual workshop introduces adult ESOL teachers to the craft of storytelling with an eye towards teaching the craft to English learners. Participants will develop their own personal narratives and have the opportunity to share their stories. Participants will also begin to consider how to integrate storytelling into their ESOL instruction. 

Part 1 is a prerequisite for Part 2 (offered in February 2023), which focuses on teaching storytelling to intermediate and advanced adult English learners.

Please note: This course will take place in Blackboard where you will find all virtual session information, course materials, and additional resources. You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive an email with further instructions as the course date approaches.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL Teachers who are interested in learning about storytelling to integrate it into instruction with intermediate to advanced level adult English learners

Everyone has a story to tell. Storytelling is a skill that can be developed and a tool that can be used effectively in the ESOL classroom. When developed and used purposefully, storytelling can contribute to inclusion, connection, and language skill development. It can also increase learner engagement, speaking confidence, motivation, and agency, all of which are important for adult English learners.

In this three-session workshop series, English language teachers will first learn the elements of a compelling story and then apply these elements to craft a personal story of their own. In the final session, participants will be invited to share their stories with one another. The sessions will be facilitated by Cheryl Hamilton, creator and director of the intercultural storytelling organization Stellar Stories and curator and coach for the national media program Stories from the Stage. Laura Porter, the program coordinator of the SABES ESOL PD Center, an emerging storyteller, and an ESOL teacher who has integrated storytelling into her ESOL instruction, will co-facilitate. This first workshop series is a prerequisite for attending Part 2 of the storytelling series, “Teaching the Craft of Storytelling to Adult English Learners,” which will provide effective tools and strategies for guiding ESOL students in crafting and sharing their stories. 

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the elements of a compelling story and apply them to craft a personal narrative.
  • Share engaging stories with an audience.
  • Explain the value of storytelling for English language learners.
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

Participants should be familiar with Zoom features.

11/14/2022 - 1:00 pm to 11/14/2022 - 3:00 pm
11/28/2022 - 1:00 pm to 11/28/2022 - 3:00 pm
12/12/2022 - 1:00 pm to 12/12/2022 - 3:00 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching
Digital Literacy
Distance and Blended Learning
ESOL/English Learners
Self-Paced Monthly Offering