Storytelling is one of the most effective ways in teaching English to children. Most children like listening to stories because of mysterious world with princesses, princes, King, Queen or lovely animals. Stories help children to cope with a lot of different feelings, emotions and problems relating to their daily lives. So, what should we do to apply stories in teaching English to children? After watching some videos of storytelling in teaching English to children in the lesson “ Why tell stories? ”, I would like to share some information to you.
Firstly, preparing children to listen to a story. Before telling story, teachers have to ensure that their students like listening to stories. Moreover, choosing a suitable story is also important. Teachers have to make sure that the story is a new and interesting one. To start telling a story, teachers can ask students some questions to help them get information about the story. Besides, teachers can use pictures, gestures or actions to introduce characters and to teach vocabulary.
Secondly, telling story. While telling story, teachers should use clear and simple language, use different voices for different characters, use loud and soft voices, use facial expressions. Teachers’ voice must clear and attractive. Because children are very active, they always want to make noises. Therefore, teachers should design some small activities while reading story to students to catch their attentions. For example, as reading story, teachers can ask students to predict what will happen next, ask some students to act some actions of characters in the story, give students some pictures relate to the story,…
Lastly, after telling story. After reading story, teachers should have some activities to check students’memory and understanding. Teachers can ask students some questions relating to the content of the story, ask some students to act some parts of the story, or ask them to retell the story even in L1.
In conclusion, storytelling is really useful for teaching English to young children. In the future, if I have chance to teach English to children, I will certainly use this method. Hope it help my students study English effectively.