Great short stories to read aloud for ESL teens
June 5, 2013 2:44 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for a few short stories to read aloud to ESL students between 13 and 16 years old, each divisible into a few 15- to 20-minute chunks, and each engaging.
posted by mdonley to Writing & Language (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I teach English to teenage students who have English-medium education but probably don't use much English outside of class or with their families. For most of these students, English is an obstacle and a chore, and worse, our classes are on weekend mornings or after long weekdays at school. It's hard to keep engagement levels high and I think a story might be a way to pique their interest.
I'd like to spend a bit of time, say 15 or 20 minutes out of the single two-hour lesson we have together each week, until the end of the year (early July) reading aloud to them, with the goal of helping them become engaged in a story and, maybe - just maybe - find something they enjoy about this language. :)
I don't want to ask them questions or have them complete assignments connected to the text, though I'll give them an extract to follow along with. This is purely about exposure, enjoyment, and respect: I imagine few people try to engage them as individuals.
Stories freely available online would be great, as would anything out of copyright, but I'd like to be able to read to them without having to stop and explain every other word. Fiction and non-fiction alike might be good. I really don't know where to start on this as I'm not a huge reader myself.