After having learnt about some methods in teaching, I have been really interested in storytelling technique. When I was a child, I loved stories my mother told me. They impacted on me a lot and I strongly believe that you also like listening to stories like me, is this right? Yes. Today I want to share you about benefits of storytelling to teach English for students, especially for children in primary school, and what Teachers should do when using storytelling.
Firstly, stories are very interesting which motivate students in the class. They make students feel excited in class because the characters are princess, prince or animals, etc. It’s good for children to image about the world in the stories and image that they are one of them. It is imagination that is the key for children creativity later. Secondly, Storytelling gives a lot of vocabulary to children. This way is easy to teach children about the meanings of the words and children can remember words faster than usual. Another benefit of storytelling is that it can enhance listening skill of children. Instead of talking, children listen and understand what teacher says and moreover, the words and phrases will repeat every day, this makes children can remember words longer and longer. Storytelling is the good ways which can help children imitate intonation, stress or linking of the words or phrases when teacher pronounces. Finally, storytelling has an important value that is building background knowledge for children about morality lessons. Most of stories describe about good and bad characters, since that they teach children what should do and should not do in daily life.
From these benefits above, I realized that teachers should use this method to teach students, especially children in primary school. Storytelling is very interesting, however using this method to teach children is not difficult, but is not easy. Teachers need to have not only performance techniques but also storytelling techniques to make stories fun and meaningful. Storytelling techniques that mean teachers should use clear and simple language, repeat key language, use stress, emphasis to bring out meaning, use different voices, use clear voice and delivery, vary the pace, use pauses to create tension and time for understanding, make eye contact, support understanding and create interest with action and gestures, use facial expressions. In addition, performance techniques are very important. Depending on the contexts and characters of each story, teachers should use pictures and real objects, mime and gesture, different voices, loud or soft voice to make the story more attractive and vivid.
Storytelling is the good method to teach children. When I become a teacher of English, I will use this method to teach my students in many different ways depending on they are in primary school, secondary or high school.