English Story Cycle:The basis of an elementary school English curriculum

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Anthony S. Rausch, Hirosaki University, Faculty of Education



This paper proposes the use of stories in the elementary school English curriculum in Japan, offering a rationale for such a curriculum, an outline of how stories can best be used, and a preliminary evaluation of a story-based course sequence. The curriculum, dubbed English Story Cycle, is based on use of a multi-story three-part sequence which provides abundant comprehensible input and meaningful manipulation of the introduced linguistic material. The evaluation reveals notable success in comprehension of the story content and language for learners, along with positive affective outcomes as well.