Some experiences from the unit telling stories
Children love listening to stories so much because it is fantastic, romantic, useful, meaningful and funny… Stories help kids to develope mental process, so childen can imagine the extraordinary world, dream and become princess or prince.
Last week, I had a very attractive lesson ” Why tell stories ?” So I hve learned some experiences from this unit. Three teachers in three countries ( South Korea, Thailand, and Singapore) have some differents methods.
The first thing is that children are very active, intelligent, humorous. They always give many good answers. In South Korea, pupils sit on the chair. In my opinion, I would rather sit on ground ( such as class in Thailand, Singapore) than sit on chair. Teacher sit in central positon and pupils are around, for example in the stories ” The little Red Hen”, teacher require them to roll on the floor. A big boy do action immediately or in Siupngapore, pupils can play a role, and other tell story. These things will make chidren more attractive.
The second thing that I need learn from unit teaching method of South Korea is so meaningful. While telling ” Sally” , teacher use pictures, prompts, real objects, or toys… and ask children to predict what will happen in the story. If pupils don’t answer the question in English, they can use Korean. It’s important for them to understand content of story although they don’t know new words. Pupils can indicate their opinions about the story, for example they order 3 pictures.
The final thing is that voice of Korean teacher is joyful, attractive. They use clear, loud, soft voice and delivery. She says ” Sally Sally” and claps her hands to award intelligent answer. Teacher should use clear, simple phrases, use pauses to create tension and time for understanding. Thailand teacher use different voices for different characters ( hen, cat, pig, duck).
I am going to change my teaching this week to motivate my learners through storytelling. I am used to tell whole story for children but seldom pause to create tension and time for understanding. I’m bad at using facial expressions, different voices, miming as characters in story. Now I have to change every thing.
In conclusion, I feel more joyful, enjoyable. Student notice so much this unit, they don’t feel sleeping when they listen to story.