Storytelling Post

The Power of Storytelling in the EFL Classroom

Storytelling is an essential tool for any English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher looking to engage students and promote language learning. It offers numerous benefits, from improving listening and speaking skills to boosting creativity and critical thinking. In this post, we’ll explore six key benefits of storytelling in the EFL classroom, and suggest some practical websites to help you incorporate storytelling into your lessons.

BENEFIT #1: Improving Listening and Speaking Skills

Storytelling promotes active listening and helps students understand how to structure sentences and convey meaning. When students listen to a story, they must focus on the speaker’s words, intonation, and body language. This helps them develop their listening and comprehension skills. Similarly, when students retell or create their own stories, they are practicing their speaking skills, developing vocabulary, and improving their grammar.

BENEFIT #2: Building Vocabulary

Storytelling provides an excellent opportunity to teach new vocabulary in context. As students listen to or read a story, they encounter new words and expressions. By using these words in their own storytelling, they can reinforce their understanding and usage of the language.

BENEFIT #3: Enhancing Creativity

Storytelling requires imagination and creativity. When students retell or create their own stories, they must think about the characters, setting, plot, and resolution. This encourages them to use their imaginations and think outside the box, developing their creativity and critical thinking skills.

Storytelling requires imagination and creativity. This encourages them to use their imaginations and think outside the box, developing their creativity and critical thinking skills.

BENEFIT #4: Fostering Cultural Awareness

Stories are an excellent way to teach cultural values and traditions. By sharing stories from different cultures, students can learn about different customs and beliefs, helping them to develop respect and empathy for other cultures.


BENEFIT #5: Boosting Confidence and Motivation

When students tell their own stories, they become the center of attention, which can boost their confidence and self-esteem. Additionally, storytelling can be a fun and engaging activity that motivates students to learn and participate in class.

BENEFIT #6: Encouraging Collaboration

Storytelling can be a collaborative activity that encourages students to work together. By creating and performing stories in groups, students can practice their communication and cooperation skills, while also developing their creativity and problem-solving abilities.


Practical Websites for Storytelling

There are many websites that can help you incorporate storytelling into your EFL classroom. Here are a few of our favorites:

Storybird: This website allows students to create their own illustrated stories using a variety of themes and art styles.

Storyline Online: This website features videos of actors reading popular children’s books, providing students with a fun and engaging way to practice their listening skills.


Myths and Legends: This website features a collection of traditional myths and legends from around the world, providing an excellent opportunity for cultural exploration.

StoryMaps: This website allows students to create interactive maps that tell a story, providing an engaging way to practice writing and storytelling skills.



Storytelling is a powerful tool for EFL teachers, offering numerous benefits for language learning and student engagement. By incorporating storytelling into your lessons, you can improve listening and speaking skills, build vocabulary, enhance creativity, foster cultural awareness, boost confidence and motivation, and encourage collaboration. With practical websites like Storybird, Storyline Online, and Myths and Legends, you can make storytelling a hands-on and engaging activity for your EFL students.

Happy Teaching!



Gómez Ramírez
ChatGPT Banner 2

Exploring Creative Ways to Use ChatGPT in English Language Teaching

What is ChatGPT, and how can it help teachers in the English language classroom?

ChatGPT, short for “Chat Generative Pre-training Transformer,” is an extensive language model developed by OpenAI that can generate natural language text. There has been tons of buzz around this innovative tool since it came out last year, with mixed feelings about how it could be used in education or if it should be used. What’s my position? I’m all for it, it’s a tool we can use to support teaching and learning English. 


ChatGPT and its Benefits for English Language Learning

     ChatGPT can be an invaluable tool for teachers in the English language classroom. It can help students practice various language skills, including grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, and even preparing for speaking. However, I’ve read many articles debating where ChatGPT should be used in teaching and learning since it could be just another way for students to get out of doing their homework. 

     As English teachers, you could tell if your students used a translator on a writing task; the same occurs with using ChatGPT. Although it can mimic a human, it will never quite get the exact style your students use of the language, their level of English, or their lexis. We can tell, so I don’t think it will impact our work negatively, but it could benefit our teacher activities and students’ learning process. 

     So, let’s explore how we can get the most out of ChatGPT in ELT. One of the ways that ChatGPT can be used in the classroom is through the use of prompts and questions. Teachers can prepare these for ChatGPT to either generate responses that help them plan a lesson or develop content that students can use to learn.

For Students

  • You can use the model as a starting point for class discussion. Ask the students to explain their understanding of the model’s response, and you can ask higher-order thinking skill questions to promote critical thinking. 
  • Using ChatGPT as a writing assistant, students can input a sentence or a paragraph in their own words, and the model will help them with grammar, vocabulary, or even spelling mistakes.
  • Students can then analyze the model’s responses and compare them to their own answers, leading to a better understanding of the language.
  • It can also be used as a self-study tool. Teachers can assign homework that involves interacting with the model, and students can share their findings with the class. This can be an excellent way for students to practice their language skills in a fun and engaging way.
  • Students can also use ChatGPT to learn or practice vocabulary. 

For teachers 

Now, as you can see, ChatGPT is a powerful tool that you can use in the English language classroom. But it can also help teachers to create interactive and engaging lessons. 

These are just a few examples of how ChatGPT can be used in the English language classroom. The possibilities are endless, and I encourage you to experiment with different ways to use ChatGPT in your teaching practice to save time and still offer personalized and differentiated content for your students. It’s a powerful tool that can help to make language learning more fun, interactive, and practical. Give it a try, and let your creativity flow!



Gómez Ramírez