What do you think of these pictures? What is it talking about? Yeah! I am sure that most people knows this story because it is considered as a fairy tale and everyone talked about it when they still was a child. Certainly, the stories usually involve with the daily life; therefore, both children and adults may like it. Children can read them day by day and feel happy and excited with the characters and sth like that.
Why I mention stories here? Nowadays, many teachers are fond of storytelling as a resoursce in teaching language for young learners because of several reasons.
Firstly, stories are the way we store information in the brain. A list of facts will be forgotten, but stories are remembered. Stories help us to organize information, and tie content together. Thanks to this, children can gain vocabulary and grammar in the context, which is meaningful for them.
The second thing I want to stress is that stories go straight to the heart. Because students are excited and truly enjoy storytelling, it can help to create a positive attitude toward the learning process. Moreover, children will prefer learning English so much and they really want to listen English stories.
There is a difference between telling and reading. Without the book as a barrier, the teacher looks into the eyes of the children and uses gestures, facial expression, and
body language to enhance the telling and help children understand the story better. The children sees not only the words on the page, but also on the faces of the listeners. If the teacher has a good method, children will take part in activities excitedly.
In addition, storytelling helps children develop the imagination. Scientist Albert Einstein said that “imagination is more important than knowledge”, as a result the children will remember the story for a long time. Meanwhile, storytelling make a good chance for children to improve your listening skill. This can give them concentration and learn experience by the situation in the story with enjoyments. Especially, after the teacher finishes the story, she/he can ask the children retell it. It is intereting to note that the children can use their own words to retell the story, even their actions but the teacher must be a model. And the most important thing may be that storytelling allows the teacher to introduce or revise new vocabulary and sentence structures by exposing the children to language in varied context.
That’s what I mean about storytelling! Hopefully, i will gain a lot of sharing for this method! Have a nice day!!!