Speaking & Listening Class: Personal Storytelling & Podcasts | May 28 – June 26, 2020

Level: Advanced
When: Tuesday and Thursday | 1:40pm – 3:30pm EDT | May 28 – June 26, 2020
Tuition: $425


Using the popular “Moth” storytelling series from National Public Radio, students will both listen to stories and tell a story of their own. With the teacher, students will learn about story structure, brainstorm ideas for their own story, practice, and finally tell their story. This speaking task is complimented by practicing sustained listening to high-interest materials.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Listen to authentic spoken English for main ideas and details
  • Make inferences and express opinions
  • Sequence events
  • Discuss aspects of American culture as pertains to each story
  • Analyze the structure and elements of successful stories
  • Build confidence in accessing and engaging with authentic materials
  • Increase vocabulary, especially that of typical spoken English
  • Write, workshop, and perform Moth-style stories

Instructor: Josh Florida

Joshua Florida is an experienced English instructor, having taught in the United States, Thailand, and Indonesia. He holds a B.A. in History, a B.A. in Religion, and a Minor in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. He has over 10 years experience teaching adult ESL in corporate, university, and academic settings. During his free time, Josh enjoys reading, playing or watching soccer, and hiking with his children.