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Story Listening: A comprehensible Input Method for the Second Language Classroom.

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Dr. Beniko Mason, Professor at the Shitennoji University in Japan, and Kathrin Shechtman, German as a Foreign Language Teacher at the Franconian International School will present a workshop on “Story Listening: A comprehensible Input Method for the Second Language Classroom.”

Story Listening was developed by Dr. Mason on the principles of the Second Language Acquisition (SLA) hypothesis from Dr. Stephen Krashen. The method she developed is supported by 30 years of research. Dr. Mason first tried to dispute Dr. Krashen’s Second Language Acquisition Hypothese with her own research. She soon came to realize the validity of his research and refocused on developing an instructional method that would focus on using Comprehensible Input exclusively. The result of that research is Story Listening. Story Listening is a method for beginners to advanced students with the goal of language acquisition and free voluntary reading within the second language classroom.

The program:

Story Listening for Foreign Language Acquisition in a Comprehension-Based Method Program

Why use story listening as the core curriculum in a language program?
Theory / Method / Research evidence Introduction Beniko Mason
Demonstration Kathrin Shechtman for beginners (German)
Beniko Mason for beginners (English/ Japanese)

Discussion: Dos and Donts in SL
Workshop: Teachers select a story and tell a story to the group and critique each other
Discussion: How much Story Listening is necessary for significant improvement?

What stories to tell?
How many words can we expect the students to acquire?

To register, for contact information and more information on SLA and Story Listening, please visit:

Price: early bird 30 Euro/person until April 30th 2017
40 Euro/person thereafter.

Earlier Event: May 19
EAL Working Group Meeting
Later Event: September 14
AGIS Board Meeting