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This three-session virtual workshop builds on the prerequisite, “Craft a Compelling Story to Tell and Teach—Part 1.” The workshop focuses on the tools and strategies teachers can use to guide English learners in creating and sharing their stories. Participants will learn to foster language skill development, promote learner engagement, interaction, and agency, and increase intercultural awareness.

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 have participated in Part 1 and who are interested in effectively teaching storytelling skills to their intermediate and 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 (i.e., writing, speaking, reading, and listening), storytelling fosters learner engagement, motivation, social interaction, intercultural awareness, and individual voice and agency.

This professional development opportunity builds on Part 1, which focused on the elements of effective storytelling. It will equip teachers with effective strategies and techniques to guide English learners in telling their stories. Participants will attend a series of three virtual sessions, spaced three weeks apart to provide time to apply their learning in their own ESOL classes. In between sessions, participants will have guided assignments and reflective activities, with the goal of developing student stories over the course of the series. In the facilitated sessions, participants will explore ways to help learners develop their stories as well as share them with a listening audience.

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 and share unit and lesson plans that she has developed on teaching storytelling to intermediate and advanced adult English learners.

    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 level ESOL classes.
  • Guide your learners to:
    o use storytelling as a vehicle for connecting with others and sharing ideas and perspectives.
    o explore meaningful moments from their lives that offer opportunities for connection.
    o identify the elements of an engaging story.
    o discover meaning and universal truths within their personal stories.
    o craft their own stories to share with an audience of peers.
    o 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)

Participants must have completed the previous workshop, “Craft a Compelling Story to Tell and Teach—Part 1” (Nov. 14 and 28 and Dec. 12).

01/30/2023 - 1:00 pm to 01/30/2023 - 3:00 pm
02/13/2023 - 1:00 pm to 02/13/2023 - 3:00 pm
02/27/2023 - 1:00 pm to 02/27/2023 - 3:00 pm
End Date

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