Why do the teacher should choose telling stories in teaching English for young learners?
As you know children are intelligent, imaginative and active, and they like taking part in attractive, funny games and activities when learning. Therefore, applying telling stories, songs, games and different activities are very necessary in teaching English for young learners, and telling stories is one of the best teaching ways. Why? Firstly, Children enjoy listening to stories in their mother tongue and interested in literature from an early age by the mother, grandmother or teacher’s use of extensive reading of stories very attractive. This is the best exposure conditions to help children can learn English well. Secondly, Stories exercise the imagination. Children imagine sceneries, characters and so on about a story. For example, if children become personally involved in a story and they can role play or act about some characters they like, it is not difficult to them. They can act like a really actors make their parents and teachers surprise because of their abilities. Moreover, through English stories or short drama, children will improve their English communication ability. Thirdly, Stories provide a rich resource for education about human societies, offering insights into life in many different communities and into complex cultures. Because each of story is a miniature world, which describe about people and people’s life, animals and animal’s life and so on, is very meaningful and great. Children will learn a wealth of interesting, useful things about the world they are living now, “They develop their literary competence –a combination of linguistic, socio-cultural, historical and semiotic awareness (Brumfit & Carter 1986: 18)”.Those are great experiences in their childhood. Finally, Storytelling is a powerful way of helping pupils to learn in all areas of the curriculum. According to Howe and Johnson (1992: 5), Stories can be chosen to consolidate learning in school subjects across the curriculum, which is appropriate to the pupil’s cognitive level. This is true with science (animals, outer space, flowers, how seeds grow…), history (pre-historic animals, traditional holidays, understanding the passing of time) (in Jane Cross and others, 1994) and so on. There are many different reasons to explain the teachers should use stories in teaching English. Thanks for your attention.