Using children’s literature in ELT A story-based approach

Cristina Ferreira Pinto, Helena Soares


There has been a growing interest in the role of children’s literature in

language teaching since the 80s, when the communicative approach made it

possible to bring stories into the classroom (Garvie, 1990). It is undeniable that

storytelling has many benefits. Not only are children naturally drawn to stories,

but they are also an effective and enjoyable way to teach and learn. This article

presents the findings of a MA project on using stories with children. It shows the

importance of stories on language acquisition and concludes with some practical

suggestions based on my teaching experience with young learners.