Orality Education Resources

These resources provide educational material for people wishing to learn more about orality, the oral cultures, and all aspects of our working with them. These resources are good for everyone from groups, to scholars and individuals.
You can search or browse by subject for resources, many can be downloaded on this site. 

Multi-File Resources

Making Disciples of Oral Learners - This book addresses the greatest obstacle to communicating the gospel to the four billion people who are oral learners.
Bible Storying - Daniel R. Sanchez and J.O. Terry wrote a 10-part series of articles in Baptist Press to help its readers understand the importance and concepts of Bible storying.

Document Resources for Teaching and Learning

Teaching New Testament Epistles Through Chronological Bible Storying -  “How do you handle the epistles?” It is a natural question.
Extent of Orality - When large numbers of people live by orality in community with one another over extended periods of time, it affects their whole culture.
Extent of Orality: 2012 Update -  (Updated in 2012) When large numbers of people live by orality in community with one another over extended periods of time, it affects their whole culture.
That All May Hear - The most understandable ways to present God’s message are the ones that people have used for generations.
How to Introduce Oral Methods to Church Leaders in Oral Countries - A method in effectively teaching Biblical orality.
A Case for Heart Language - Chronological Bible Storying can be taught in a trade language. But what a difference it makes when the nationals tell the stories in their own heart language.
Orality Bible Translation and Scripture Engagement - The interrelationship of orality, translation, and Scripture from a perspective committed to making disciples among all people groups.
Using Scripture to Disciple Oral Believers - As missionaries share the gospel, then, they must address the question of how to disciple new believers part of the Christian life.
Gospel Advance Doesn’t Depend on Literacy - Stories about Jesus and his teachings circulated widely by oral means for decades before they were written in the Gospels.
I Like to Learn, but Not to Read - Several of the others in the pastoral training session also could not read, and relied on spoken, not written, forms of communication.
Should I Bring in Other Passages? - Should I refer to other passages of Scripture to answer questions that I cannot answer from within the story that I've just told?
Storying Diary of Experiences in a West African Village - Learn how living among the people and teaching God's word through storying helped change a village's perspective of Jesus.

Articles in French

That All May Hear - The most understandable ways to present God’s message are the ones that people have used for generations. 

Articles in Spanish

That All May Hear - The most understandable ways to present God’s message are the ones that people have used for generations. 

Links & Downloads

Encouraging Ducks to Swim: Suggestions for Seminary Professors Teaching Oral Learners - Moon points out seminaries' conventional methods may not teach oral learners effectively.
Knock, Knock - Thanks to the International Orality Network and IMB, this video gives great insight into oral learners and the importance of understanding how to communicate to them.
Objections and Benefits of an Oral Strategy - Larry Dinkins describes nine frequent objections that people raise against the idea of using oral strategies for Christian ministry and twenty-two benefits in using oral strategies.
Orality in the United States - Ever thought about orality in the United States? Mark Snowden talks about the prevalence of orality in North America, along with it's implications, on the Strike The Match podcast with J.D. Payne.
Unleashing the Gospel through Storytelling - The 2013 November-December issues of the journal Mission Frontiers contains seven helpful articles about the use of Bible storytelling in Christian missions.


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