Storytelling is a teaching activity which can exchange feelings and emotions and also can develop many different skills for children. Children are fond of listening and reading stories. Storytelling is considered as a main teaching strategy for getting the educational objectives.
First of all, storytelling can help children to increase their ability of memory. Children will remember the name of characters and order of events happening in story. To promote the children’ memory ability, teacher should ask student to retell the story that they have already listened.
Secondly, children will be able to get wide knowledge from storytelling. You know that primary students have only a limited understanding of social aspects. Storytelling will give them practical overview such as experiences, relationships and so on. Through the stories, children know about a variety of lifestyle, customs and cultures of different countries in the world. In addition, each story always exist good characters and bad characters, so children are capable of distinguishing between the right and wrong behavior. Also, children can learn the moral standards or moral values to orient their personality.
Thirdly, storytelling is a very important way to attract children’ attention. It makes children pay attention to learning, so they feel that English is an interesting subject.
Finally, storytelling can help children to improve skills such as listening and speaking. When teacher tell a story, children will focus on listening to her intonation, pronunciation and so on. After that, they will imitate the new words or the whole sentence. At the end of story, teacher should make several questions to ask students. For example, asking them to retell story, requiring them share their feelings to characters, encouraging them to create their own story. Therefore, listening and speaking skills of children will improve gradually. Besides, children will be easy to remember vocabulary and learn sentence patterns through the context and images of story. Story is regarded as a real situation, so children are possible to guess the meanings of new words and learn the way to use these words in a certain context.