A TiLT Webinar with Graham Stanley: Interactive storytelling games

Thanks to the lovely Graham Stanley for making time in his busy day to come along and inspire us with his  fun ideas for interactive story telling.  We had a ball!  Thanks especially to the willing ‘players’ who  entertained us so well with their wonderful imaginations: Helen Macfarlane, Uxía Iglesias Fuertes, Anna Grainger and Paula Mourelle.


Chat:Graham Stanley Chat 16

Class photo:

Graham’s slidehow on slideshare.

ALL London organises webinars for the MFL community and this webinar is open to all MFL teachers.  We hope that you will like us and want to join!

Graham Stanley describes his session as follows:

Interactive storytelling games can be played in the classroom or online and are a great way to motivate language learners to speak and listen. They can also be easily adapted by the teacher to most levels. During this webinar, I will use the game ‘Get the treasure and escape the island!’ with some volunteers to illustrate how it works and then discuss how teachers can best approach designing their own game for their learners.

Procedure: We will play the game for 20 minutes or so (will need 4-5 volunteers to play, prepared to speak) and then I will stop and discuss the design of the game and how teachers can do something similar.

Graham Stanley works for the British Council in Mexico City. He is the editor of ‘Remote Teaching’ (British Council, 2019), the author of ‘Language Learning & Technology’ (CUP, 2013) and the co-author of ‘Digital Play: Computer games and language aims’.


Graham Stanley Chat 16/07/20

00:36:32 Joe Dale: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LmIkLZdT3YVpvsG4I8o6gUcahtvPBE1mQEmKI0lt7T8/edit
00:37:22 Uxía Iglesias Fuertes: Yes, it felt weird, Caroline. We have so much freedom here!
00:37:31 Marie-Odile Guillou : yes I am a member via my school.
00:37:34 Paula Mourelle: yes, I am an individual member and I am so glad to be part of such as supportive community!
00:37:38 Negin Shabestari: I am a member.
00:37:39 Rachel Lasham: I am a member (Manchester Branch Committee)
00:37:40 Pilar Navarro: Yes, I am a member
00:37:41 Caroline Okerika: I’m a member and it really is worth joining.
00:37:51 Helen Stanistreet: I am a member but don’t use it enough. x
00:37:54 Helen McFarlane: Just do it! Join ALL! You won’t regret it for a second – it’s such a lovely language community.
00:38:04 Uxía Iglesias Fuertes: I am a member and joined recently!
00:38:08 Doaa Hasan: I am an individual member
00:39:07 Valérie Smith: I am an individual member. Join ALL! it is well worth it!
00:41:47 ALL London: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBt-zQleubw&feature=youtu.be
00:41:49 ALL London: https://www.slideshare.net/bcgstanley/presentations
00:42:24 ALL London: (sorry JOe – just realised that I had not pressed return after putting YouTube link in chat)
00:42:49 ALL London: Graham’s Slideshare https://www.slideshare.net/bcgstanley/presentations
00:43:17 Joe Dale: Thanks Helen
00:45:35 Negin Shabestari: Reminds me of Loup Garou
00:47:27 Helen McFarlane: Yes – I think so!
00:49:23 Hannah White: This is weird because I can see a little map when my zoom window is minimised and then when I am in full screen I can’t see it!!
00:50:14 Joe Dale: I’m not sure why that is Hannah
00:51:27 Hannah White: Silly me, it’s my old laptop, I have to change the view settings to fit the screen and I always forget! Now I can see the whole screen properly 😉
00:52:30 Joe Dale: Well done Hannah
00:55:08 Negin Shabestari: oh that is funny
00:56:16 Artemis Topouzi: Kim like the kardasians ahaha
00:57:30 ALICE Semple: Helen you have obviously done murder mysteries in real life
00:59:22 Doaa Hasan: please resend the link of the webinar slides as I had internet troubles
00:59:45 Marielle Fitzgerald: Graham’s Slideshare https://www.slideshare.net/bcgstanley/presentations
01:01:02 Joe Dale: Loving the creativity!
01:02:58 ALL London: Obvious to say this, but there is so much listening and speaking going on here!
01:04:14 Laurence Gillham: Q- Graham usually plays this game with what level of linguists?
01:05:32 Joe Dale: Intermediate to advanced, but he feels this can work for GCSE if not younger
01:06:14 Joe Dale: You would need scaffolding for younger learners I think
01:07:10 Laurence Gillham: Thank you Joe. I would agree Joe, or some sort of vocab frame.
01:07:41 Joe Dale: You’re welcome. I could see this working with scaffolding and a set of core expressions
01:09:15 Doaa Hasan: exciting game and it encourage students to particiate
01:09:49 ALL London: What a team!
01:09:54 Joe Dale: Yes. I think this would be great to stretch students’ speaking skills and encourage creativity
01:10:45 ALL London: It encourages you to teach phrases needed for game playing (I did this when doing an online game 3D game with a club once)
01:10:45 Hannah White: This is very entertaining 🙂
01:11:10 Hannah White: Language for a real purpose!
01:11:11 Joe Dale: I agree Helen
01:11:30 Audrey Lux: It is great! I love it!
01:12:00 ALL London: This shoudl be a PG rated webinar
01:12:11 ALL London: Such violence from Heekn …
01:12:14 ALL London: Helen
01:12:22 Joe Dale: 🙂
01:12:34 ALL London: but said so gently …!
01:12:46 Audrey Lux: Just wondering, can it work with a whole class group or only in small groups?
01:13:03 Joe Dale: Great for remembering memorable language in context
01:13:17 Joe Dale: Good point Audrey
01:13:29 ALL London: at the moment I find this is working .. teacher providing stimulus … 4 players .. the rest of us commenting
01:14:15 Doaa Hasan: Helen is very adventurous
01:14:21 ALL London: HOurrah!
01:14:45 Audrey Lux: If only 4 students play, the others listen but will they make the effort to keep listening? Depending on the group, I don’t know.
01:15:16 Joe Dale: We can ask Graham’s thoughts about this in a moment
01:16:03 Maria Rodrigo-Leaman: he mention at the beginning that you can have them work in pairs or groups
01:16:26 Joe Dale: Thanks Maria
01:16:49 ALL London: I am so sorry that I misjudged you, Countess Eleanor
01:17:50 Helen McFarlane: I know, Helen, it happens so often! ;-))
01:18:48 Paula Mourelle: Very impressed, Countess Elena! Such a noble quest for such violence with the bandits! hahaha!
01:18:49 Rachel Lasham: Does anyone remember, “L’Immeuble?”
01:18:57 Uxía Iglesias Fuertes: You have wonderful imagination, Countess Eleanor!
01:19:09 Uxía Iglesias Fuertes: Sorry, Elena!
01:19:26 Helen McFarlane: Gracias, Uxia!
01:19:34 Anna Grainger: I want your imagination Countess Elena!
01:19:52 Helen McFarlane: Haha!
01:19:57 ALL London: Story-telling is something my friends teaching English seem to use
01:20:02 Joe Dale: Good idea
01:20:33 Hannah White: yes, scaffold for upper KS2 with a multiple choice option grid with a few job options, locations, likes etc based on language they have been learning
01:20:46 Paula Mourelle: You could also add prompts such as equipment or materials they can use during the challenges, scaffold the language,…
01:21:21 Helen McFarlane: Q – how about breakout groups? They’re great
01:21:57 Uxía Iglesias Fuertes: We were definitely engaged and were not thinking about the grammar/language/possible mistakes… we were focused on the aim, which was getting the treasure. I really liked the element of the red/green sticks for failure/success. I can see this with a Y12 group.
01:21:58 Audrey Lux: does that mean that a student would play the role you played, directing the story?
01:22:46 Laurence Gillham: It is similar to this: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-free-les-loups-garous-role-play-french-6072514
01:22:48 Helen McFarlane: you could agree the ground rules between teacher and students before you start
01:23:37 Fatima Khaled: very interesting. Do you do story telling using a non imaginary stories such as a well known stories that students know. Thank you
01:23:48 Uxía Iglesias Fuertes: It was nice when Graham recapped what was happening by repeating bits of the story. Good modelling and a great listening opportunity for students to know what was happening in the story.
01:24:02 Negin Shabestari: That is what I thought Laurance!
01:24:07 Laurence Gillham: The other thing is that you have a journey, different students in the group could take the lead as they reach the checkpoints.
01:24:46 Helen McFarlane: This is where student volunteers and mentors could really help to motivate and support from AS and A2
01:24:51 Deborah Monroy: ThankS @Laurence. Game looks interesting …
01:24:52 Helen McFarlane: Thanks, Joe!
01:24:57 Audrey Lux: maybe some of the others could interact at some point adding some kind of a surprise
01:25:30 Hannah White: Nice idea! Has enyone played ‘awkward storyteller’?
01:25:38 Hannah White: *anyone
01:26:12 Uxía Iglesias Fuertes: I don’t know that, Hannah. Can you explain, please?
01:26:20 Anna Grainger: I’m afraid I need to disappear now. Thank you Graham. That was good fun. Sorry that my imagination isn’t the best everyone!!
01:26:32 Fatima Khaled: Thank you Joe.
01:26:33 Audrey Lux: I’ve already done storytelling but never interactive storytelling games. Will definitely try it. Thank you so much.
01:27:10 Helen McFarlane: I like the ideas of cards and text to support the students – multiple choice options – phrases and expressions to help move the story forward
01:27:41 Laurence Gillham: Thank you Graham, even if I don’t use it in languages, I can see using it as a game on a school trip or as an ice breaker with tutor groups in their own language.
01:27:43 ALICE Semple: Thank you Graham and the treasure seekers, I thought the summing up and repeating/rephrasing what people said was really good and think it would be a lovely activity with sixth form, memorable
01:27:45 Paula Mourelle: Thanks very much, Graham, I’ve really enjoyed! And thank you Helen and Joe for organising 🙂
01:27:53 Hannah White: With the ‘awkward storyteller’ card game players take turns to hand out cards which dictate what the next bit has to be, eg a keyword that has to be incorporated in the next sentence, so for this interactive game today a high level group could handle the other players springing a ‘wildcard’ challenge at them.
01:27:54 Caroline Okerika: Thanks!
01:27:57 Artemis Topouzi: Thank you very much !
01:28:01 Deborah Monroy: Thank you Graham, Joe and Helen 🙂
01:28:02 Gillian Irvine Ali: Thank you!

01:28:10 Valérie Smith: I really enjoyed this session. Thank you!
01:28:11 Hannah White: Thanks for sharing this idea!
01:28:13 Uxía Iglesias Fuertes: Yes, it was great! Thank you so much for your time and energy, Graham!
01:28:19 Helen McFarlane: Croeso, Graham, Joe and Helen!
01:28:21 Fatima Khaled: very creative. Thank you.
01:28:33 Maria Rodrigo-Leaman: Gracias!
01:28:46 Ester Borin Bonillo: Very creative! Muchas gracias
01:28:52 Rachel Lasham: Excellent. Thank you
01:29:18 Negin Shabestari: Thank you Graham.
01:29:38 Negin Shabestari: Thanks to Helen, Joe and ALL.
01:30:47 Marie-Odile GUILLOU: Thank you.
01:31:52 Laurence Gillham: Thank you so much Graham! Also, I adore your tone of voice and accent, it added an “audible” element to the whole evening!
01:32:08 Helen Stanistreet: Thank you
01:33:22 Hannah White: What’s Grahams twitter handle pls?
01:33:25 Helen Stanistreet: Would that be for primary or secondary?
01:33:54 Paula Mourelle: @grahamstanley
01:34:33 Helen Stanistreet: For Thursday
01:34:58 Kari Magee: Thank you.
01:36:21 Fatima Khaled: you were amazing Helene. very creative.
01:36:41 Hannah White: Happy Birthday Helen! I just realised we were in the breakout room in a recent Tilt webinar, I was trying to work out where we had met before! 😉 😉
01:36:59 Helen McFarlane: Hi Hannah! You, too! Lovely to see you!
01:37:03 Doaa Hasan: It is such an amazing webinar
01:37:17 Hannah White: Such variety!
01:38:17 Hannah White: Adios amigas
01:38:17 Fatima Khaled: Thank you Joe and Helene for all the great work you do for language teachers. I have to go now. looking forward to Thursday.
01:38:17 Audrey Lux: bye