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126230 VK MEd 01A/B: VK Specific Issues in Language Learning and Teaching / Specific Issues in EFL Teaching (2021S)

The Miracle of Storytelling

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 25 participants
Language: English



Vorläufig online
Donnerstag 18:15-19:45
Beginn: 11.03.2021


Aims, contents and method of the course

Based on the ideas that firstly anyone can tell a story and secondly stories have a life and power of their own, we will explore how we can use narrative texts in all kinds of formats (novels, poems, drama, films, radio shows, YouTube videos, videogames…) in the EFL classroom.

The course will revolve around these two pivotal questions: How can I make use of and creatively exploit already existing stories and this way create rewarding and fun English classes? And how can I make students do their own storytelling, i.e. narrate their own personal/biographical or fictitious tales?

More specifically, you will be given answers to the following questions:

• How can I make my students read full-blown narrative texts (=books) and turn them into passionate and competent readers?
• How can I integrate what I love (prerequisite: you must love stories) in my English teaching and create my own materials?
• How can I implement narrative texts in tests, the Matura and grading?
• How can I use storytelling to not only develop students’ language skills but also contribute to their personal development into open-minded, critical and responsible people interested in the world, culture, history and politics?
• …

Class will be very practice-oriented.

Methods: group interaction, discussions, lecturer input, student presentations, observations, if possible: teaching practice in a school (not obligatory)

Assessment and permitted materials

1) Assignments: active participation in discussions and class/group activities (e.g. teaching sequences), reading or other assignments, moodle uploads, etc.: 20%

2) Teaching project: Planning + presenting + reflecting a teaching sequence with a self-designed/adapted story: 20%

3) portfolio: essay (on a specific aspect of storytelling in EFL teaching, approx. 1000 words) + 2 reading plans + 1 lesson plan: 60%

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regular attendance (max. 2 absences in f2f/Zoom (!) sessions)

Requirements ("zwingend vorgeschriebene Leistungen"): You are expected to
1. read/upload/complete the set assignments
2. submit the portfolio (including the teaching project and the other tasks described above)
3. present and reflect the teaching project

The overall score must be positive (60% or above).

Grading scheme:
1 (sehr gut): 100-90%
2 (gut): 89-80%
3 (befriedigend): 79-70%
4 (genügend): 69-60%
5 (nicht genügend): 59-0%

Examination topics

Details on essay, teaching project, etc. will be provided on Moodle and in class.

Reading list

Will be provided on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344; MA UF EN 046/507
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.1-623; MA UF 01A + B
Lehrinhalt: 12-4811

Last modified: We 21.04.2021 11:26