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Digital Story Telling for Teaching Language Acquisition

This is the first course offered specifically for those teaching English as a Foreign Language although the content can be adapted for teachers of other languages.
Digital story telling, combining the age old profession of story telling with digital technology has found its expression in many fields. However, within the field of second language acquisition it can help pupils make tremendous strides in all the skill areas; reading, writing, speaking and listening.


The course will allow the participants to gradually developing their skills and expertise in the technologies required to make digital stories as well as the pedagogy to integrate the technologies as teachers.

Study Units:

  • Unit 1
    What is digital story telling? How can it be used as a tool to improve language?
  • Unit 2
    Multimedia posters as a way to tell a story in English. In this unit we will investigate and try out an online multimedia poster program (Glogster) to make a story about an event or a person. We will look at online media resources available for making digital stories.
  • Unit 3
    In this module we will make our first digital story. We will take an existing story from a book, upload pictures or scan from the book and then record the story (using photostory) adding music, transitions, zooming and panning. We will then discuss the use of this in the language classroom.
  • Unit 4
    Stages in making a digital story: theme, the script and the story board. We will discuss types of music for foreground and background, pace, voice, use of transitions, quality and use of photographs, copyright issues.
  • Unit 5
    Use of recordings to improve fluency of speech and articulation. In this unit we will become familiar with the program "audacity" and discuss various ways of using this to improve speech in our students.
  • Unit 6
    Adding video to make instant digital stories using a tablet or iPhone. There are a number of programs available to make almost instant digital stories. We will examine some of these programs and how they can be used for teaching a foreign language.
  • Unit 7
    The big project - making a 2-minute digital story. We will combine a number of programs learnt in the course to make an original digital story going throught the 7 stages for making a digital story. During the course we will meet for 5 synchronous sessions where we will have the opportunity to demonstrate how to use the programs and discuss together the pedagogical issues.


The course requires a basic plus knowledge of computers. Students are expected to produce digital stories and carry out the various mini assignments during the course.


  • Booklet on how to make digital stories
  • Technology resources for teachers 
  • Kearney, M. (2009). Investigating digital storytelling and portfolios in teacher education. Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2009 (pp. 1987-1996). Chesapeake, VA: AACE
  • Robin, B. (2008). Digital storytelling: A powerful technology tool for the 21st century classroom. Theory into Practice. 47:220-228
  • Tsou, W., Wang, W., & Tzeng, Y. (2006). Applying a multimedia storytelling website in foreign language learning. Computers & Education, 47, 17-28

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