A Case Study of the Effects of English Stories Teaching on Learners’ English Proficiency

Jing DUAN, Yinghui SUN

Abstract


The present case study intends to explore how English story learning and teaching promotes young learners’ English proficiency. Five students in Grade 4 of a primary school in Linzhi District, Tibet Autonomous Region were involved in this case study. The participants learnt 10 short stories in 9 months. Data were collected through interviews and classroom observations. The analysis shows that all of the five participants’ English proficiency had been developed by the end of the study. The present study aims to contribute to the enrichment of the knowledge about story teaching practice in foreign language teaching, to provide educational policymakers and teachers with insights into English reform in primary schools. 


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English; Stories; Language proficiency

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