Stories and storytelling, as the above quotations show, are an essential part of being human. Thus, we should probably have been prepared for what happened once we had put out the call for stories for this volume. Slowly, as stories began coming in, we realised what a large task we had undertaken. In the final count, we had stories from more than eighty contributors. Many contributors sent in two or three stories; some sent in ten or fifteen, and one or two even more than that. The huge number of submissions that we received was for us a validation of this project, and evidence, if any proof was needed, of a double human need: firstly, the need to tell stories, to
express through creative means our thoughts about the world around us and ways of interpreting experience; secondly, the need to hear stories, to experience what Auden has called 'secondary worlds', through which we interpret our primary world.
Our main criterion for selection was originality in some form or other, either in the telling of the story or in the teaching suggestions, but not necessarily in both. We did not choose well-known stories which we could safely assume would be known to most readers of this volume, apart from a small number that were followed by interesting ways of telling or developing the story. What is also important is that all the stories in this volume have been used in EFL/ESL contexts, and often specifically written for such classrooms.
The end result is a collection which is extremely varied, representing many genres. Most of the stories are coloured by the societies from which they emerge — some might even be seen as culture bound, but we did not feel this was necessarily a reason for exclusion from a volume whose strength lies in its diversity. In this introduction, we do not attempt to introduce each individual story, but rather to provide an overview of the collection through a discussion of the diversity of source, story type, storytelling style and teaching suggestions.
|Place Of Publication:||United Kingdom|
|Published:||11 Mar 2018|