Storytelling in Language Teaching
A need to share stories is something that every culture in the world has had in common since the beginning of time. For this reason, the great ELT methodologist, Mario Rinvolucri, referred to storytelling as the oldest language teaching technique in existence. Stories are an excellent context for making natural spoken language memorable, for presenting and exploring language, and for building learner and teacher confidence. If a curriculum solely consisted of teachers and learners telling stories, and then reflecting on those stories, we could argue that everything would be in place in order for language learning to happen.
In its basic format storytelling is very resource-light, requiring little more than the human voice. It can be done in very large classes with huge numbers of learners and very little equipment. At the same time, there are many online tools which can bring something new to the technique. This course will focus on all forms of storytelling, for teachers of all age groups. It will aim to develop the skills of the teacher as storyteller, provide practical classroom-based strategies, and look at ways to develop learner language proficiency through storytelling.
- Staging lessons around narratives
- Storytelling for teaching grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation
- The story as live listening material
- Bringing personal storytelling alive
- The value of telling and retelling of learner stories
- Stories and the lexical approach
- Stories and task-based learning
- Stories and memorability
- Working with picture stories
- Spontaneous stories
- Reader’s theatre
- The art of telling a story
- Physicality in storytelling
- Co-constructing stories
- Telling a story through Zoom
- Green screen storytelling
- Puppet stories
- Strategies for story creation
- Performing stories online
- Story performances and feedback
This course is based on practical classroom-based activities developed by experienced teachers and trainers. After the course, participants will have more self-confidence both to tell stories in class themselves and to encourage their students to do so. They will have the skills and knowledge to plan, implement and evaluate their own use of stories and storytelling in the teaching of foreign languages, and will have been made aware of a range of practical ideas and activities for making stories and storytelling a central part of the curriculum.
ABOUT THE TRAINER
Nick Bilbrough is a teacher, teacher-trainer and author of resource books for teachers. He has taught and trained language teachers in many diverse contexts in Africa, the Middle East, South America and Europe. He is also the founder and coordinator of the award-winning UK registered charity, The Hands Up Project, which provides learning opportunities for young people, mostly in Palestine, through online conversation, storytelling and drama activities.
24th – 29th August 2020
Course fee: EUR 500
The course includes training and working materials, organisational costs and administration costs.
The course fee must be paid 45 days prior to the start of the course.
Cancellation charges: EUR 350.
Upon completion of the course, each participant will be awarded a certificate of attendance, together, if requested, with a Europass Mobility Certificate.
Our training courses are tailored to be funded by the Erasmus+ Programme.
For any help with the KA1 application process, or any additional information on our courses, do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
- Lectures 0
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- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
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