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The comprehension methodology focuses on the meaning-based mehodology. When students listen to about 100 stories, and read abuot 300 books, the low beginning level students can reach high intermediate level. Stories that they listen to will gradually become longer and more complex and the books that they read may be easy 200 word level books at the beginning, but they will gradually become longer and more complex. When students enjoy the input which means that when they understand it, acquisition naturally happenes. Videos are for the students to listen to at home. My students record the class or video tape the class so that they can watch it and listen to it later at home. I have created the videos for those who do not record the lesson in the class. Students can use this video when they are abscent from school also so that they will not be behind. I have a list of the words that are used in the story with Japanese definitions. I also provide the original text in case they are interested in reading it later. The stories that I tell are mostly Grimm Brothers Tales and other folk tales that are copyright free.

These stories are old fairy tails from Germany. They were told by the people in Germany, then written down by the Grimm Brothers many years ago. The following stories were re-writen by Dr. Stephen Kranshen in a way that is eaiser to understand. They were originally written in German, and then translated into English, but the English used was not simple to understand. It was also in an old style of English. So, that is why Dr. Krashen re-wrote them. The pictures you see in the stories were drawn by Beniko Mason. The story teller is Jeff Smith.

About the storyteller:

A New York City native, Jeff Smith has been an EFL instructor for the majority of his two decades in Japan, and has loved every moment of it. He has also enjoyed forays into music and television. It was while on location in Taiwan that he met Dr. Mason, who encouraged him to teach at the university level, and a new adventure began.

He received an MA from the Kansai University Graduate School of Foreign Language Education and Research under the guidance of Dr. Osamu Takeuchi.

Jeff finds that teaching necessitates empowering students as well as entertaining them; if they have fun learning, they can feel motivated to improve.

He feels teaching helps him to be both an educator and entertainer, and that keeps him young.

  • Bearskin

    Bearskin

    若い男が悪魔から厳しい試練を課されます。彼は手腕と優しさでもってそれに成功します。 There was once a young man who was a fine soldier, always the bravest when the battle was fierce. At the end of the war, he was dismissed from the army, and he had no place to go... [more]

  • Brides on Trial

    Brides on Trial

    ある若い男は結婚相手として3人の姉妹のうち一人を選ばなければなりません。 どんな方法で選ぶのでしょうか? There was once a young man who wanted to get married. He knew three sisters who were all equally attractive, and he couldn’t decide which one to choose. [more]

  • Cat and Mouse in Partnership

    Cat and Mouse

    猫とネズミが一緒に暮らそうとしました。少しの間は、全てはうまく行っていたのですが、冬がやって来た時に、、、。 A cat and a mouse got to know each other and decided to live together. When winter was approaching, the cat told the mouse, “We have to prepare for winter, so we don’t starve. You shouldn’t go outside – you might get caught in a trap. The mouse agreed. [more]

  • The Brave Little Tailor

    The Brave Little Tailor

    One summer morning a little tailor was sitting on his table near the window, cheerfully sewing with all his might. [more]

  • The Crumbs on the Table

    The Crumbs on the Table

    One day the rooster said to his hens, “Go into the kitchen and pick up the breadcrumbs from the table. Our lady of the house has gone out visiting. [more]

  • Odds and Ends

    The Crumbs on the Table

    There was once a young girl who was pretty, but very lazy. When she had to spin, if there was a little knot [more]

  • Rumpelstiltskin

    The Crumbs on the Table

    There was once a young girl who was pretty, but very lazy. When she had to spin, if there was a little knot [more]

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Wolf and 7 Little Kids

Listen as Jeff Smith tells a story about how clever Nanny Goat saves her kids from the big bad wolf.

Voabulary: kid, bleat, rough voice, gentle voice, chalk, dough, miller, overturned, tremble, distended stomach, pebbles, brute, thirsty, and stoop

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The Old Witch

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