When i was young, i like stories because they are very fun and interesting. The characters in the stories are often fairy, animals, princes…I can have chances to imagine the events which occur around the story. Actually, storytelling plays an important role for children learning at primary school. Story reading enhances listening skills and help children develop sound of English (children can listen and repeat), develop speaking skills by encouraging children to communicate, increase vocabulary and language structures.
After the third lesson, i watched some videos made by British council from Thai Lan, South Korea, and Singapore. I get some knowledge about storytelling and i want to share to you my experiences when telling a story.
First of all, we have to choose suitable stories with children’s level and ability. These stories should involve in the lesson or interact with the lesson. Besides, It is not too difficult for children to understand. For example, 2 months agos, i do a part-time job as tutor. My student is 8 years old. He like animals so much and that week when i teached him unit 19 – English 3: Our pet. I decided to tell a story named ” Tortoise and Rabbit” .It’s meaningful story and It also provides new words of animals and their activities for children. And of course, the short story will make him feel more pleasant..
In addition, when teaching, we should introduce the title of the story. If the title concludes the new words, we can explain to children by actions, gestures and sound. For examples, when we introduce a “duck”, we can use sounds wap…wap so as to student can easily realize a duck. When introduce about a princess, we can use pictures to describe princess. Similarity, we can use act and tell some characteristic of wizard such as old, ugly. Besides, we should ask children read and pronoun exactly name of the title. Then, we continue to introduce something about story and character in the story. Characters in the story offen are animals or flowers, we can organize a drama and each student play a role of one character in the story. Children will be excited when take part in these activities.
When telling story, we can use pictures, real objects or body language to make the story become lively. Sometimes, they will feel as if they are living in the story. We can ask many questions to ensure all the children are actively involved. When children answer in first language, we should not correct immediately. We should repeat children’s idea in English. Moreover, children can predict what will happen in the story by arranging the order of these pictures. Their answer might be right or wrong.When telling story, we can give the question to attract the children and ask them to predict what will happen next.
One of the important factors in telling a story is the teachers. They have to use different voices for different characters. The loud or soft voices, high or low voice and use pause to create tension and time for children to understand. Moreover, we have to make eye contact with children to see whether children pay attention to the story or not. The language in a story must use too clear and simple for student to understand.
Finally, to ensure the children can under the story, we can ask children to tell and retell the story base on the pictures, characters or answer the question then give to children educational purpose through the story. It is better to orientate them to meaningful lessons about real life.
In conclusion, storytelling is an important method in teaching English for young children. I hope that you can tell interesting story in class. For me, I will use this method in my lesson plan in the future. I also will do follow these step above. This is all my opinion. Thanks for your reading!