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Fluency MC


Male |NEW YORK, United States

Enhanced listening through story and poetry

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About the class

This webinar is hosted in English

PRESENTER: Sylvia Guinan

PRE-CLASS TASK INCLUDED BELOW the class description.
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This presentation will be about enhancing listening skills through story-telling and poetry.

PRE-CLASS TASK: Please post your answers HERE on this class page in the comments section below.

Listen to these short audio/video recordings and quizzes of stories written and narrated by international online teachers. These audios are taken from our collaborative book - ‘Natural English through story-telling’.

Extract one:

Russian Dolls (A)


Russian Dolls (B)


Extract three

How the shiny fall


Extract four



Quiz: http://clubefl.gr/modules.php?name=quiz&op=take&mid=22751

Extract five

Get a life


1) Try to identify the accents and where the speakers come from. All will be revealed in class.

2) Write down three different ways in which you might use one or more these stories for listening comprehension and/or follow-up activities.
3) Share any opinions you may have on how listening to stories could enhance a student’s engagement with the target language. You can use the perspectives below to help you brainstorm.

a) Psychologically
b) Linguistically
c) Emotionally
d) Creatively

Notes on Stories

a)The first extract called Russian Dolls is for advanced/proficiency level and may even by challenging for non-native teachers if some words are unusual. It is taken from a longer story which means that some context is missing and you’ve got to imagine what the story may be about based on clues or context. Check it and see how you are challenged. If you are using stories in class in general, then you can always take out extracts and create listening activities.

b)The second extract is from the same story and is also very advanced.
. It is read slowly because of the advanced level of the language and because it’s a story as opposed to a conversation.

c) The third story, ‘How the shiny fall’ is quite easy. It’s for intermediate level and is a lovely story.
d) The fourth story is called ‘survival’ and is used with images and text so that intermediate students can catch more difficult words visually but also test themselves on listening skills.

About the Host

Fluency MC

Fluency MC

NEW YORK, United States

Jason R Levine (Fluency MC) has eighteen years of experience as an English teacher, teacher trainer, and materials writer. He has led student workshops and teacher training programs in sixteen countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East.

After earning a master’s in TESOL from Hunter College in 1999, Jason taught at several schools before becoming the director of curriculum development at Embassy English. In 2002, he co-founded a business English and test preparation school in New York City.

Jason conducts workshops for English students and teachers worldwide through Oremis Plaisir d’apprendre, Gallery Languages, and the U.S. Department of State.
He is the creator of the English Workout Method, an approach to English language learning based on the songs he writes and performs as Fluency MC. He also writes for Oxford University Press and works as a trainer and consultant at Linguaid. In 2013, he created and launched ELT Techniques, the first live MOOC for English language teachers.

Jason maintains the Fluency MC YouTube channel, Facebook page, and Twitter and Instagram accounts. He is an active administrator of many Facebook groups for English language teachers and learners, including Innovative Teachers of English, Teachers Teaching Online, Fluency MC Workshops in France and Belgium, and Gallery Languages Rhyme On Time Workshops.

Please contact Jason through his website: www.fluencymc.com

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