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BBC | British Council teaching English - Literature - Storytelling - benefits and tips
AboutHome>Think>Literature> Storytelling - benefits and tips
Storytelling - benefits and tips
Adapted from a workshop by Paula Stoyle, British Council, Jordan 
We often give stories to our students to read, but how often do we tell them a story?This article looks at the benefits of storytelling and gives advice on performance skills
What can storytelling offer?
Children have an innate love of stories. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder atthe world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Storytelling is aunique way for students to develop an understanding, respect and appreciation forother cultures, and can promote a positive attitude to people from different lands, racesand religions.Top of page
Storytelling and intercultural understanding
There are a number a number of ways in which storytelling can enhance interculturalunderstanding and communication. Stories can…
allow children to explore their own cultural roots
allow children to experience diverse cultures
enable children to empathise with unfamiliar people/places/situations
offer insights into different traditions and values
help children understand how wisdom is common to all peoples/all cultures
offer insights into universal life experiences
help children consider new ideas
reveal differences and commonalties of cultures around the worldTop of page
Other benefits of using storytelling in the classroom.
Promote a feeling of well being and relaxation
Increase children's willingness to communicate thoughts and feelings
Encourage active participation
Increase verbal proficiency
Encourage use of imagination and creativity
Encourage cooperation between students
Enhance listening skills
Commonalities of cultures around the world
Stories reveal universal truths about the world. Through stories we see how verydifferent people share the same life experiences and how human nature can transcendculture.Top of page
Performance techniques
Telling a story can captivate an audience…that is, with the right techniques and a littlepractice:
Remembering and retelling the plot: 
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http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/literature/storytelling.shtml (1 of 2)7/4/2004 3:16:22 PM
BBC | British Council teaching English - Literature - Storytelling - benefits and tips
map the plot as a memory technique
use story skeletons to help you remember the key events
think of the plot as a film or a series of connected images
tell yourself the story in your own words
create your own version of the story (adapt and improvise)
retell it numerous times until it feels like a story
Performance skills.
Remember to...
vary the volume, pitch and tempo of your voice (enunciate clearly andexaggerate expression)
use your face, body and gestures (let your body speak)
make your body and face respond to the tale
have a clear focus and maintain concentration
maintain engaging eye contact with the audience/ individual listeners
create a charismatic presence (make the audience believe in you)
use different, exaggerated character voices
use your space/ be dynamic
remember to pace yourself
always remember to regain your style as a narrator
use silence and pauses to add dramatic effect
A last word…
Young Learners share a remarkable variety of personal experiences, values and waysof understanding .The language they learn in the classroom is the tool they use toshape their thoughts and feelings. It is more than a way of exchanging information andextending ideas it is their means of reaching out and connecting with other people.Stories can link not only between the world of classroom and home but also betweenthe classroom and beyond. Stories provide a common thread that can help unitecultures and provide a bridge across the cultural gap:Top of page
© BBC World Service, Bush House, Strand, London WC2B 4PH, UK © British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN, UK
http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/literature/storytelling.shtml (2 of 2)7/4/2004 3:16:22 PM
BBC | British Council teaching English - Think - Methodology
AboutHome>Think> Methodology
On these pages you will find links to articles connected with teaching methodology.
Latest article
Richard Frost, British Council, Turkey 
I will always remember the horror of receiving my chemistry result when I was thirteenyears old. I knew it wasn't going to be high, but to come bottom of the class was veryupsetting. It was all made worse by the fact that the chemistry teacher read the resultsto the whole class, from first to last place. My humiliation was complete. Students canhave very negative reactions towards tests and it's no surprise when they too may havehad experiences like this.Go to this article >>
Other articles
Gillian Lazar, Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University, London 
When our students listen to pop songs in English, browse web sites in English or watchmovies in English they frequently meet language rich in its use of metaphors. Yetmetaphors are often rather neglected in the classroom. So what kinds of metaphorsshould we teach, why should we teach them and how can we do so effectively?Go to this article >>
Patricia Ielmini, Argentina 
According to David Vale and Anne Feunteun in 'Teaching children English: A trainingcourse for teachers of English to children', kids start developing their identity as readersand listeners from the age of three or four years old, because they start constructingtheir world of meaning and imagination when they are first exposed to different stories oflife. It is vitally important that we, as teachers, support this development.Go to this article >>
 Julie Tice, Teacher, Trainer, Writer, British Council Lisbon 
Drilling is a technique that has been used in foreign language classrooms for manyyears. It was a key feature of audiolingual approaches to language teaching whichplaced emphasis on repeating structural pattern practice through oral practice.Go to this article >>
Julie Tice, Teacher, Trainer, Writer, British Council Lisbon 
Drilling is not a new or a fashionable classroom technique, but, used appropriately in theclassroom, it can be of great value to our learners. This second article will focus on howwe drill.Go to this article >>
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