Zafi Mandali

Zafi Mandali

Head of English at Ellinogermaniki Agogi

Tips on enhancing speaking and listening skills through storytelling

Storytelling is widely accepted as one of the most natural and effective ways of introducing children to continuous and coherent spoken and listening discourse.

The world’s religious texts teach through stories; not bullet points and the power of storytelling is reflected in how the business world project their products and services nowadays.

Stories read, heard, said or watched generate conversations, bring us together and create the contextualized conditions that enable language learning.  Our on line exchange of teaching nuggets and know how will showcase how to grasp students’ participation in class through stories because story telling can become integral part of our class environment.


Zafi Mandali  has been  the director of the  Department of English, Ellinogermaniki Agogi for two decades. She has served as drama and literature Sig Coordinator for TESOL Greece, has given a number of presentations and workshops, published a number of articles for TESOL journal and has authored 4 books on FCE training, Grammar instruction and Composition writing, E.A. Publications. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MA in Applied Linguistics, University of Essex. Her soft point is storytelling in education, a learning tool implemented by her and her team along with ambitious project work.