Stories for Schools Turkey

The British Council Turkey and well-known children’s storybook writers from Turkey and the UK have come together to produce free stories and resources for learners and teachers of English.

If you are looking for exciting and fun ways to learn or teach English, Stories for Schools is for you!

All of the materials are free of charge and can be downloaded from our TeachingEnglish website.

What is Stories for Schools?

Stories for Schools is a series of 12 stories on themes of interest to Turkish young learners to serve as ideal classroom or homework material.

The story kits are aimed at ELT teachers and students between the grades 6 to 12.

Well-known writers Sevim Ak from Turkey and Sophie Smiley and Guy Bass from the UK have produced the stories. The resource kits for the stories have been designed by teachers/teacher trainers Aylin Koyalan, Merve Oflaz and Özge Karaoğlu.

The stories and accompanying resources kits can be used as additional materials for English classes. The story kits support learning of English language skills including writing, grammar, speaking and reading in a fun and enjoyable way.

Each story forms part of a ‘kit’ which also includes downloadable activities based on the story for students to complete either in class or at home. The kits also include detailed notes for the teachers to support them in exploiting the materials.

Download the stories

Below is an example story kit. For more materials and stories please visit our TeachingEnglish web site.

Level: A2-B1

Age: 14-17

Story: Set in an unknown Turkish city, the story tells about a girl who encounters the mysterious world of adults during a normal day at the hairdresser’s. Read from a child’s perspective how a single letter changes the lives of everyone in the story.

Sewing Day – Introduction 465.44 KB
Sewing Day – Story 151.61 KB
Sewing Day – Pre Reading Activity Kit 277.74 KB
Sewing Day – While Reading Activity Kit 257.63 KB
Sewing Day – Post Reading Activity Kit 524.28 KB
Sewing Day – Glossary 204.42 KB
Sewing Day – Answer Key and Ts Notes 356.4 KB

More Stories for Schools

Workshops and events

We also hold a series of informative and highly interactive teacher training and storytelling workshops and events in different cities across Turkey. Visit our our Facebook page for teachers to follow the other events that we are organising throughout Turkey.

Webinar on Stories for Schools

British Council teacher trainer Simon Shephard talked about Stories for Schools project and how it could help learners and teachers of English.

Story sharing web conference

The Story Sharing Web Conferencewhich took place on 9-10 February 2013 was the first ever British Council Turkey teacher conference delivered completely online. It attracted an audience of 641 attendees in 56 countries and created a platform to share experiences on how to use stories in class and especially how to encourage learners to read.

Useful links on using Stories for Schools in classes