I have a niece. She is in grade 4 of a primary school and she has learned English since last year. Last week, I went home and chatted to her about learning English. She told me she liked English and loved her teacher of English because of the teacher’s way in teaching. She said that in each lesson, all students always join in playing games and sometimes sing a song or play a small drama from fairy story. I’m very surprising and I feel the method the teacher uses in class is very important. Story telling is a necessary technique in teaching language for young learner.
As I know, story is an exciting attraction with children. story create magic and sense of wonder in the world with beautiful life, nice emotion. Story will help a teacher a lot, it bring love naturally for children, teach them about the life, about themselves, about the others. Besides, storytelling is a unique way for students to develop an understanding, respect and appreciation for other cultures, and can promote a positive attitude to people from different lands, races and religions.
Teaching also means promoting the interest for children in subject. If they love this subject, they will learn more and better. Storytelling is a way to promote a feeling of well-felling and relaxation. Children feel no unpressured and comfortable when they enjoy story, they have positive emotion, which helps them learn something more naturally. to present a story there are many ways that teacher can use easily in class for children such as: using pictures, videos, relias,…When teacher tell story, the intonation how to tell the story, the questions they ask students are very important to help all students focus on, take part in story. for instance, when telling a story using pictures, teacher should introduce characters, describe places, something around in pictures for children and help them pronounce words, phrases. During telling story, teacher can suggest children what happens next or encourage them to give the ideas for pictures and add games for process of storytelling. All will bring an interesting story for children, that helps them memorize more and longer; words and phrases in story are also more impressive.
In conclusion, using story in teaching language has many benefits such as improving comprehension, practicing listening skill, encouraging self-expression, building self-confidence, and so on…If you are a primary teacher, you should take care of your children and tell a story in your interesting way that’s suitable for them to learn best.
That’s all I think about storytelling, I hope one day when I become a teacher I can bring nice stories for my children. 🙂