IS STORYTELLING GOOD FOR YOUNG LEARNERS? – Nguyen Nhung

Storytelling is a great activity of learning. At each phase of the development of the story, kids ask questions. A proper teller can use tricks to make them curios and encourage them to ask questions. Storytelling is the basic training for academic learning. When they see images in the book and listen to the stories, kids learn to associate between images and story and later imagination and visuals. Storytelling is used in classrooms to help children develop oral language skills. Primary student especially can benefit from storytelling, as their language skills are not advanced enough for a formal classroom. By telling stories, students learn to put words and phrases together in logical sentences and paragraphs. Building upon existing language skills is an important goal of classroom storytelling and can increase a child’s confidence in his ability to communicate ideas and
The most bulging benefit of storytelling is increased knowledge in children. They get to know about various places, practices in life, relationships etc., through stories. Most of the stories depict good and bad characters. Listening to stories will help children to have an idea of accepted style of behaviors and must to avoid acts. Stories also allow children to know about their own cultural roots. Differences between cultures and various lifestyles are introduced to kids through stories. All the stories are informative to children, as being new to the world; they may know very little things about the life in the world. Stories help kids to visualize the plot and characters. Television programs block the imagination power of viewers, but stories are great help in boosting creativity.
Story telling introduces lot of new vocabulary to children. At homes, people communicate with limited number of words. But stories will have academic level vocabulary and lot of newer words for the kid to learn. It is easy to teach the meanings of the words as kids learn faster from the context of story.
Storytelling also presents certain literary devices in a demonstrative and memorable way. Children will see and hear the building of plot, characterization, climax, conflict, conclusion, etc. Perhaps rhyme or poetic prose will be used to tell the story, allowing children to hear the way the language sounds and how that can add to a story.
Without books or illustrations, children have to remember key points of the plot and character names. This is an excellent exercise in memorization skills, and it also may help guide children when they wish to write a story of their own. It not only help them develop imagination but also good for their memory.
In conclusion, storytelling is the best way to teach young learners to develop many skills. A story is easier to learn, to remember than a lesson because it is very active, simple to understand and quite interesting.

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