story telling

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.

3 thoughts on “story telling

  1. Hi there!
    Thanks for your sharing about storytelling! I have to say that u have summarised all knowledge we have learned in class. That’s great! Having said that, you only wrote a little information for this method, it is useful for us to appy and understand it.
    According to my ideas, you really love the class and excite with this subject because of all thing you wrote. I must bend over backwards to understand and pay attention to it like you, to tell the truth.I believe that you have a lot of implications and suggestions for the method. For example, you can give some real situations and the ways to tell a story in a language classroom so that the teacher can apply it! I think that you can do it! 🙂
    And the second thing is that you may exchange more information for storytelling to give some suggestions to teach children effectively. I think that after finishing the lesson about the PELT, you can implement a lesson with storytelling very well, especially you also are supported by our enthusiasm teacher!
    Hope that I can read more article from you! Thanks for reading.

  2. After reading your essay, I see that you pay attention to the lesson in the class. You talk about your experience and what you learn from this lesson. Thanks to your sharing, i can know more about the important of telling story when teaching children. You also mention about some useful techniques: Teacher sits in central position and pupils are around, teacher uses pictures, prompts, real objects, or toys, teacher asks children to predict what will happen in the story. If pupils don’t answer the question in English, they can use L1; teacher uses clear, simple phrases and pauses to create tension and time for understanding, teacher uses different voices for different characters (hen, cat, pig, and duck). You also share that you are bad at using facial expressions, different voices, miming as characters in story. However, I can realize that you really love children, class and this subject because of all things you wrote above. Therefore i believe that after this course you can improve your skills. I hope that you will have good facial expressions, good different voices in the future. That all my comments, thanks for your writing.

  3. hi,
    through your writing, I see that you had a high concentration on the lesson of storytelling last week. You gave readers a concise summary about what we have learn. that is quite good because it can help us reveiw knowledge. Additionally, you also say that you will apply storytelling for your job of teaching in the future. And I always back for you about that because storytelling reaaly have enormous benefits. Keep trying and good luck!

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