Using Mystery Stories in the Language Classroom

| September 30, 2003
Using Mystery Stories in the Language Classroom

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Eric J Pollock
Everyone loves a mystery. Mystery stories provide interesting and enjoyable material in the language classroom (Krashen 1982, Gold 1983, Somers and Worthington 1979). They provide rich environments for the productive and receptive skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing (Johnson and Louis 1987). Mystery stories also provide useful sources of practice and reinforcement in the areas of critical thinking and deductive reasoning (Raths et al. 1967). This paper explores the ways that mystery stories can be successfully utilized to improve language proficiency and linguistic ability.

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