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Storytelling

Storytelling

Why should we use storytelling in the classroom? Many think that 'storytelling' is an 'art' and many of us know someone who is fantastic at telling stories, but everyone of us can tell a story, and we do, all the time. Everyday over coffee or when we get home to our family, we re-tell interesting events from our day or something that we heard on the radio or TV. Stories are linguistically rich and can be a good source of new language, but also contain everything we need for an enjoyable learning experience. They are also extremely flexible, stories can be used with children, teenagers and adults and level of English can range from beginners to proficiency.

How to tell a story? Storytelling does not need to be about the teacher reading a story outloud; the learners can do it too - to the whole class or in small groups or pairs. It does not have to be about the learners reading aloud either - reading silently is the way we usually read in our native language, after all. Whichever way you actually use the story, there is plenty to do around it to help the learning process.

The video workshop above, examines how storytelling can be used in the classroom with a variety of learners, including a number of practical tips and examples that you can use with your own learners.

You can download all the materials from the workshop in the downloads section on the right. You can complete some of the materials online by taking a look at the activities in the activities section, and if you have any questions or comments about the workshop we would be happy to hear from you. You can add your comments in the discuss section. We hope you enjoy the workshop.

Storytelling Workshop

The following activities on the topic of storytelling are intended to help you think about what you learnt from the video.   

Activity 1: In this activity, you have to match the activities to whether you would do them before, after or during the story.
Is the activity before, after or during the story?

Activity 2: In this next activity, you have to put the different stages of a storytelling lesson into the best order. There are a few possible combinations so think about what would work best for you.
Put the stages of the lesson in the best order.


 

 

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mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
09/07/2020
TR
6351
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I usually use stories as role-plays in my classes and sometimes as guess who when I have some situations then ask my students to guess who said this.


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mobeckham
09/07/2020 16:00
Turkey
Manchester United
6351

I usually use stories as role-plays in my classes and sometimes as guess who when I have some situations then ask my students to guess who said this.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
09/07/2020
TR
6351
points

It's really helpful and enjoyable to apply in my classes.


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
09/07/2020 15:59
Turkey
Manchester United
6351

It's really helpful and enjoyable to apply in my classes.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
05/06/2016
GH
4754
points

Not tried this lesson yet


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kwesimanifest
05/06/2016 20:52
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

Not tried this lesson yet

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
05/06/2016
GH
4754
points

Stories are normally good for grochildren below 10 years so that they can easily understand what is being taught


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kwesimanifest
05/06/2016 20:48
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

Stories are normally good for grochildren below 10 years so that they can easily understand what is being taught

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MUGEMANYI
14/11/2015
RW
2320
points

It's more helpful, I used it in my self study.


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MUGEMANYI
14/11/2015 14:34
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

It's more helpful, I used it in my self study.

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Goals

To define 'storytelling' in the context of the English language classroom

To look at practical examples of how a teacher can exploit storytelling in the classroom 

To create a project using a story from the Premier Skills English website