Finger puppet stories

(English for Christians)

Author: Uli Nater
Pages: 38
Language: English
Publication date: 23/11/2014
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Acting out Biblical stories with finger puppets


Students act out a Biblical story with finger puppets, using life-like/dramatic intonation. They prepare their own mini-play based on a Biblical story.

- Levels: pre-intermediate / intermediate (A2-B1)
- Time: approx. 6 hours


Prompted by a flashcard, students recollect the story of Zacchaeus. They then put into order the mixed-up sentences of the Biblical account.

They read a dramatised version and practise dramatic, life-like intonation. With the help of finger puppets, they act out this version.

In a game, they learn and practise stationery vocabulary and expressions for making requests (which they will need later when they make their own finger puppets from master copies).

Small groups choose a Biblical story each, which they transform into a finger puppet play: first they discuss the cast and dialogues. Then they make their own set of puppets and rehearse their play. Each play is presented to the rest of the class.

This unit includes master copies for finger puppets (man, woman, boy and girl master), which can be coloured in, cut out, glued and stapled.


'English for Christians' prepares language learners to interact successfully in a Christian English-speaking environment. This series of supplementary materials can be used alongside any course book. It covers a range of Christian topics, skills and language levels and is suitable for Christians of all denominations.

All materials are photocopiable and ready for classroom use. They include:

- the students' edition (handouts in original A4 page size)
- interleaved teacher's notes (scaled-down student pages and teaching instructions side by side on a landscape-orientation A4 page)

The materials are aimed at students who:

- work or plan to work abroad as a missionary or in a Christian environment
- study theology in English or study English while attending a theology college
- attend international church services, Bible studies, Christian conferences, work camps or holidays
- prefer Christian to secular teaching content

Whereas most Christian EFL* materials seek to convert learners to the Christian faith, this series is designed for students who are already Christians, and does not follow an evangelistic approach.

* EFL (English as a Foreign Language) = ESL (English as a Second Language) = ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) = ELT (English Language Teaching) = TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) = TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) = TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
These terms tend to be used interchangeably.
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With 12 years’ experience as a language teacher, I’m now a part-time writer of English teaching materials. I hold the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) and have completed International Training Network’s course “The Christian teacher”. With my diverse church background, I’ve experienced a range of different denominations, countries and nationalities. This has shown me that there are specific skills and vocabulary items that Christians need in an English-speaking context. So I’ve set out to create varied, communicative learning materials, which I hope you will find both useful and enjoyable!

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