Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Kathleen Graves


The paper describes the technique, and rationale of storytelling in second-language and cross-cultural education. The storytelling technique is designed to approach learners through subconscious pathways, in order to reinforce their linguistic skills, to engender a positive attitude toward their learning of the second language and their involvement in the second culture, and to stimulate the development of their creative potentials. The paper includes an extensive rationale for the application of the technique, a description and step­-by-step manual for the application of the techniques and skills involved in the telling of tales, ideas on how to select stories appropriate to the aims of the technique and to the particular teaching situation, and suggestions for follow-up activities. Emphasis is placed on the use of storytelling with intermediate to advanced level language learners living in an environment foreign to them. Parallels to the theory and practice of Suggestopedia are discussed. The work and research of psychologists Carl Jung, Milton Erickson and Bruno Bettelheim, and educators Earl Stevick and Georgi Lozanov, are discussed in relation to the theory and practice. The author concludes that the learners' linguistic and psychological growth resulting from the technique more than warrant the extra practice required of the teacher in learning and implementing the technique.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Education | Educational Methods | Educational Psychology | Instructional Media Design