Home > Common Article, Recommended For Teachers, Site Review > TEACHING ENGLISH WITH BRITISH COUNCIL (Part 2)



Still, I’m going to review one of good services related to teaching and learning English provided by www.teachingenglish.org.uk. This time, I will love to write about “Story Maker” that I found in http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/ section.

Story Maker is actually provided for teachers who are teaching English for kids, especially to help teachers and students to make instant but good stories. The basic concept of this flash-based application was so simple: generating simple ideas into full version of stories. There are 3 choices of story backgrounds that can be used to generate stories: mystery/horror, fairy, and science fiction.

No special requirements to use this application, but you need stable internet connection to access it. Then, visit the site: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/. There, you will find the categories to choose. For example, choose the science fiction. After you choose it, you will be guided to a new page of application where you should choose some stuffs as the place settings, the name of characters, the scenery, creatures you might find, etc. In the end, you will get a story with place setting, character’s name, and scenery as you choose in the previous pages. It is so interesting.

Although Story Maker is more suitable to use in teaching kids, but I think it can be used to teach teenagers as well, especially to guide and stimulate them who feel lack of writing capability to write in the right order (applying 5 W + 1 H concept). But, because it’s too much instant and works based on a template, it cannot be used as a writing reference or main writing tool. It’s only a kind of help in practicing a writing activity by rising fantasy or ability to imagine something to be written as a story.

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