Video 1: Introduction
Story-Listening Kits Introduction
In the other courses, we provide a deeper understanding of the methodology and the underlying theory behind Story-Listening. Story-Listening is a highly effective method to teach a language that uses research-backed techniques.
At first, Story-Listening might seem easy, but to get good at teaching it, you'll need some practice. It's helpful to understand the methodology and theory, but real success comes from applying them correctly in practice.
The Story-Listening Kit is designed to equip you with everything necessary to deliver a compelling story, proven effective in my classes. There are three primary ways I envision these kits being used:
- Ready-to-Use: You can employ the kits straight "out of the box." Just play the provided demonstration video to your students and use the materials as supplementary resources to enhance your course and introduce the concept of Story-Listening.
- Template Guidance: Follow my demonstration video and prompts closely or even replicate them. Emulating my approach will help you become more proficient in delivering a story optimally.
- Reference and Personalization: As you become more acquainted with the Story-Listening method, these kits can serve as references while you develop your unique style. Gradually, you can tailor the approach to fit your teaching style and preferences.
What is included in each Story-Listening kit:
- A Demonstration Video
- The Story, including:
- Total Words
- K2 Words
- K1 + K2 Percentile
- Off-List Words
- Prompter Vocabulary: This includes various linguistic elements, such as words, sentences, and phrases, to aid in storytelling and understanding the text. Students can take a copy of the story and this prompter home, which includes definitions for each word, making it easier for them to read and understand the story on their own.
- Prompter: This version includes additional notes and drawings to aid in storytelling. It's used while telling the story to help you convey the details more effectively with drawing ideas.
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is a standardized framework used to describe language proficiency consistently and comparably across different languages. The CEFR divides language proficiency into six levels, ranging from A1 (beginner) to C2 (proficient).
A1 level is the beginner level in the CEFR framework. At this level, language learners are considered to have elementary proficiency in the language. Here are some characteristics of A1 level proficiency:
Listening: Learners can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases. They may be able to catch the main point in simple, slow conversations if the speakers use clear language.
Reading: Learners can understand simple texts containing high-frequency vocabulary. They may be able to understand basic information, such as names, numbers, and simple signs.
Speaking: Learners can interact simply, provided the other person is willing to speak slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. They can introduce themselves and ask and answer simple questions about personal details.
Writing: Learners can write simple isolated phrases and sentences. They may be able to fill out basic forms with personal information and write short, simple postcards or messages.
Overall, A1 level proficiency indicates a basic ability to communicate in everyday situations, but with limitations in terms of complexity and range of topics. It serves as the foundation for higher levels of language proficiency as learners progress in their language studies.
List of the first 2000 High-Frequency Words
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