I have never had a problem with making up stories for entertainment reasons. When I start joking and inventing things, some people look with disbelief. I think I got it from those thousands of book I have read in my life - there were times when I read one book daily if it was interesting.
That is why I always wonder why it is so difficult for students to create fictional stories when we talk in class. Many questions asked to students during the final oral exam concern things they have never experienced. E.g., I recently asked them: how many of you have ever taken a pet to a vet? Three students raised hands, out of about 20. And that was one of the exam questions which had to be answered. If you say you didn`t do it - zero points because there is a tricky catch so that a student can`t refuse the reply, claiming they had no such an experience - the question includes this special addition - you or anyone you know...
It is not the case of the language - they are able to say it all in communicative English but only provided I tell them in Polish what to say. It is a real problem.
I am slowly beginning to understand my students` difficulties. They have really never experienced certain things in life. Today, we were doing a dialogue about looking for a flat for rent. One of its parts was asking for the flat`s furnishing. Can you believe one student started talking about cutlery - that was the first thing that came to her mind. Another student wanted to begin that dialogue with methods of payment - he thought it was the most important thing to discuss (the order of 4 elements is up to students, it is expected they should do it in a logical way).
Now, who should teach them such things - home or school? I don`t have time to tell them about life and all the tricks of the trade, instead of 5 classes per week, I would need 10.