It seems that pupils prefers listening to a story to studying. Because stories attract little kids by characters, situations which are more beautiful than in the real life. So why don’t we move a lesson into a storytelling? However, to have a successful storytelling lesson, teachers should pay attention to some factors which build your good steps.
The first one is voice. It is obviously the most important thing that a teacher needs to take care because he or she is in a storytelling class and an oral lesson. In other word, he or she has to talk, say and tell. How a storytelling lesson is if it is totally silent?
How to make teacher’s voice better or the useful ways to use our voice effectively? Changing tone, intonation in different contexts such as raise our voice, low our voice; making sounds as the sounds of an animal, the sound of wind, rain and so on are really necessary to create a funny lesson. Most of success depends on how a teacher plays with he or she voice in a story since this brings the life of the story to our kids vividly.
The second one is gestures. Combining actions with what you are saying helps you express your ideas more explicitly and understandable. It has no reason to deny the great power of body language in communication. It is also right in teaching. Kids still can guess what you want to say through your gestures, eye contact, facial expression, even you do not say anything.
The third one is visual aids. Materials are always the good tools which help teachers make the lesson more interesting and practical. The pictures relating to the content of the story help kids imagine easily. Consequently, kids will remember the story long and deeply.
The last one is tasks. Teachers should design tasks to measure and evaluate what and how much pupils achieve after the lesson. The tasks should be clear and suitable with the level of your kids. They also should focus on the object of the lesson. For example, if you want to check vocabulary or new words which the kids have got, the teacher had better draw a task in the form of vocabulary, not in grammatical form.
Overall, four aspects above are all important. And it is better to combine them skillfully.