When I was in the Peace Corps in Ukraine, I conducted 4 different English speaking goups at the local library. The groups were held in the Windows on America department. The most loved of these groups was the English listening comprehension group, actually a storytelling group where i would tell and read fairy tales. Often the room would overflow with participants ranging from ages 16 to 60. We would draw comparisons between the cultures from the stories. It was a beautiful way to see connections between cultures and we were able to have many wonderful indepth conversations "on being" a part of the human family. Not only did they improve their listening comprehension but their English speaking improved as well as their understanding of cross-cultural diversity. I believe it was the fairytales that allowed everyone to actively engage and not fear to ask questions about what they didn't understand. I loved telling the tales and they loved listening.
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