Storytelling – New Method to Teach

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Storytelling – New Method to Teach

Storytelling is used as a method to teach ethics, values, and cultural norms and differences. Learning is most effective when it takes place in social environments that provide authentic social cues about how knowledge and when to be applied. For thousands of years, humans have used storytelling as a means of communication. Imaginations, experiences, fears, beliefs, values lessons learned have been passed down generations orally and deeply imbibed in our minds. 

Oral stories are a direct expression of a literary and cultural heritage; and through them, that heritage is appreciated, understood, and kept alive. Through a story, listeners experience an indirect feeling for the past and an oneness with various cultures of the present as they gain insight into the motives and patterns of human behavior.  Storytelling also helps develop an emotional instinct in children. A story session is a time to share feelings. A relaxed, happy relationship between storyteller and listener is established, drawing them together and building mutual confidence. Stories help children to know themselves and to know others so they can cope with the psychological problems of growing up. Storytelling is also a living art. 

Storytelling is now considered as an Art, which is developed by an individual. They must know their personal strengths and develop their own unique style. The most important advantages of storytelling may be summarized as follows: Stories are motivating and fun and can help develop positive attitudes towards foreign language and language learning. They can create a desire to continue learning. Stories exercise the imagination.

Children can become personally involved in a story as they identify with the characters and try to interpret the narrative and illustrations. This imaginative experience helps develop their own creative powers. Use of voice modulation, role plays, props, and visual media to make the stories engaging and capture the students’ attention. Address multiple intelligences and learning styles to ensure each child is hooked on the concept. Involve the students in picking up stories or creating new stories from existing ones.  

This framework can get you started on a small scale and based on its effectiveness, extend it to make it integral to the curriculum. The stories reveal universal truths about the world. Through stories, we see how very different people share the same life experiences and how human nature can transcend culture. It is more than a way of exchanging information and extending 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 between the classroom and beyond.

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