What is Storytelling?
- a) It’s a strategy to expose young children mainly to listening & speaking the language.
- b) Telling a story with good use of aids and techniques to help young learners understand the stories.
- c) Telling a story based on real books, authentic texts or their own ideas.
Storytelling helps us in comprehension, building vocabulary, improvising memory, sequencing, pattern recognition, creative writing and beyond. Scientifically, the stories activate the auditory cortex of your brain which is why we feel emotionally connected to a story. Storytelling is an art form that exposes us to the human experience.
Why Use the Storytelling to Expose Children to the Language?
- Enables children to develop skills in listening for meaning
- Provides children with opportunities to speak in meaningful context
- Exposes children to oral language used in their everyday life
- Helps children retain the language learned in the story
- Promotes teacher-child interaction
What Different Types of Stories you can tell?
- Personal Stories
- Traditional stories
- Long tales
- Religious stories
Exposure To Languages At The Pre-Primary Level
Exposure to languages at the pre-primary level should be:
- developmentally appropriate
- In context
Tell The Stories With:
- Story cards
- Play cards
- Simple props
- Real objects / body parts
- Picture book / drawing
Always Colour The Words
It means that when you use certain verbs or adjectives, you embellish or exaggerate it through body actions so as to give it the appearance of truth, credibility, or plausibility. For example, if you are saying the word “cold” pretend to shiver or show frown on your face when saying “angry”. Few examples are as follows:
cold -> warm angry
pain -> falling swim
beautiful -> high smelly
heavy -> happy loud
Storytelling holds a distinct position among young learners of a language. Apart from the vocabulary, each story holds certain moral values and a hidden curriculum to instruct the audience. They teach us about past histories, traditions, human behaviours, love, forgiveness, to be fair and to strive for better than we have.