Videos

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.

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.

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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

William Tell

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Twelve Brothers

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True Bride

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Three Spinners

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Shepherd Boy

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The Old Witch

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Jorinda and Joringel

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The Frog Prince

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Clever Gretel

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The Golden Key

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Brides on Trial

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The Elves Help an Old Man Part 2 of 2

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Bearskin Part 3 of 3

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Johnny Cake

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