Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Master of Arts in TESOL)

First Advisor

Leslie Turpin


In this training material project, I explore the purpose of stories in the English language classroom. How can we use stories to teach and offer healing and catharsis to students who want it? Working with a group of 9 teachers from the YWCA Tulsa, we used Dina Nayeri’s memoir The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You, to explore how practical it would be to use a story as a source of material for students, and how we could use a story to help others tell their stories. The paper begins with a literature review describing my rationale for this project including information I found showing the vital importance of storytelling and storylistening in the lives and classrooms of immigrants, refugees, and asylees. This is followed by reflection on my experience developing the materials with a group of educators, and finally, the material and outline we produced.


Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching | Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning | Teacher Education and Professional Development