Story has many benefits for kids and it really has the power with them, so storytelling is an effective tool to teaching language for children. It’s an important skill of an active teacher. Firstly, we can be easy to realize that storytelling is also used by parents because children love stories. Moreover, storytelling helps children much in communicating. Children really retain information when they learn through story. Stories always contain the moral meaning, and the children remember more of the message when it is expressed in the story. They can know more than words only in the story. This is the magical aspect of storytelling.
Besides, stories themselves have many chunks of language and the repetition of them in a story which can be used in teaching language. For example in the story “Goldilocks and the three bears”, there are some structures are repeated and changed a little bit after once such as “Someone’s been eating my porridge,”, “Someone’s been sitting in my chair,”, “Someone’s been sleeping in my bed,”. By the repeating, they can learn this structure naturally. The stories is also the great source of vocabulary and also a great teaching aid as the children can learn the new words in the context.
The content of the stories are very simple and common. Children can be easy to guess the circumstances of the story. Thus they can learn the structure easier. Furthermore, storytelling is the best opportunity for students to practice listening skill because children tend to talk more than just listen, but in storytelling section, they do it.
There were some ways for teachers to tell story more attractively that I collected in the lesson is that teachers should give students the chances to take part in the story by having some pauses on telling, or using our gestures to signal students to join in, asking questions like How do you feel? What do you think when you are in this situation? Etc. The questions like that can help student to imagine and have an experience, and also get students involved.
Your body language is the other important one. It makes the story more vividly which most attracts the students because they can imitate those actions or sounds. As a story teller, you should use your body language exactly to convey the ideas and help students to get the message.
Perfect storytelling also needs to have students’ practicing. After listening, they should have chance to act out the story, or retell it by their own. It makes them more creative and dynamic in their thoughts and also their actions.
Storytelling is the best way to teach values and life lessons, the language knowledge either. So, try to make use of it in teaching language for children.