After an experience…
Why we need to tell stories for kid and why it is a good way in teaching English. Telling story is not simple that teacher only reads and students listen.
I have ever told a story for my younger sisters by Vietnamese. I see that if I only tell story like speaking with them, they only interest in my story in a while. When I used gesture to illustrate, they seem to have more interesting. Especially, they were very interested when I used the real toy (bear, doll, table, chair, etc). I used toy and told the story by different voices and they are remember my story better than the first one.
After I learned from the unit in class, I realize that something I used to tell story is a part of what I learned. They are the performance techniques. In my video that I work with my friends, I combine performance techniques and storytelling techniques. My story have four characters, I used four bear toys and a doll. With each character, I try to use different voices but I feel that it is difficult because my voice seem to be similar when I role play fours characters in the story. I also use facial expressions to illustrate my characters. After finish telling, I wrote down some structures that appear in the story and ask my student to repeat them. Moreover, I give a game with these structures to help the students remember them.
I also realize that the kids will remember what is repeated many times. Therefore, the teacher should ask student to repeat or perform what they can do during tell story. In addition, the teacher should make the story become more vivid when using real objects, pictures or gesture of both the teacher and the students.
Another factor is that the teacher should give students opportunities to attend in the story by asking them to predict the story, the characters or the content. It will help them develop their ability of creation and guessing as well as is a way to get attention of the kids.
That are something I get from my experiment storytelling. I want to receive some suggestion of you to support my writing.