What is it about?

Teaching through stories has been present across cultures for centuries. This paper looks at the motivational benefits of teaching languages through the co-creation of fun, bizarre stories with a group of teenage learners of Spanish. The study shows that by teaching with this method, intrinsic motivation is developed and students find classes engaging, fun and interesting.

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Why is it important?

This study is highly significant in modern times as we see a large drop-out rate in foreign language classes with many students feeling bored and disinterested in the traditional 'grammar and translation' method classrooms. Teaching through storytelling offers a way to motivate both students and teachers, developing intrinsic motivation and highly engaged learners.


This was a pleasure to research as I learnt about what students really think about learning languages through storytelling. It was very insightful to see just how motivated students became when learning in a innovative way where they have some control over the creation of the story. It was amazing to see just how motivated the learners were when being taught with this method.

Liam Printer

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This page is a summary of: Student perceptions on the motivational pull of Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS): a self-determination theory perspective, Language Learning Journal, January 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09571736.2019.1566397.
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