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Storytelling in a Special Education setting 5 Replies

Started by Brenda Pritchett. Last reply by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) May 2.

Can we build an online archive of proof about how beneficial storytelling is? Please weigh in your opinions! 15 Replies

Started by Clare Muireann Murphy. Last reply by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) Feb 10, 2015.

Teaching English to non english speaking adults 2 Replies

Started by Carl Gough. Last reply by Carl Gough Aug 21, 2013.

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Comment by Clare Muireann Murphy on September 30, 2010 at 3:20am
Hello All

Is it foolish to suggest we start a discussion where we can put all this incredible insight and information? Or am I just being too detail orientated?

Was just thinking if you started a discussion called GAMES< techniques and useful ideas or it is it is interspersed between all these other comments...what do you think?
Comment by Raquel McKee on September 29, 2010 at 4:50pm
Hi Richard,
One of the techniques I have used recently sounds ideal for your purpose. Storysacks. I make my own to bring visual detail to my stories. A little hunt round the house to select some of the key objects ( or stuffed toys) as well as perhaps some pictures, crafts, or non-perishable food items, is often enough. It may at first sound too young for the group, but I have used it successfully with children aged 10/11, and I believe if it is being used for the purpose of teaching English, it should work.

Couple that with a cumulative story that draws the children into recalling names of objects etc, as in the story of the Old Woman and the Pig ( Fire, fire, burn stick; stick won't beat dog; dog won't bite pig; etc), and I'd say it should be very successful. { I must make sure to take my own advice, as I have a small group of newcomers to English in my own class this year!!}
Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on September 26, 2010 at 9:34am
This may not be completely possible for you, but I enjoy telling in voice and sign language. I have done this when telling both in the U.S. and abroad as it will include many "natural" signs that help explain what I am saying. Like Eve, I use simple stories that have a great deal of repetition that I try to encourage the listeners to join.

Remember a lot of meaning, even without sign language or gestures, is conveyed in your facial & body movement. For this reason, I would try to keep the focus there as much as possible.

You will probably find a lot of useful ideas in Tell the World; Storytelling Across Language Barriers, compiled and edited by Margaret Read MacDonald. (A sign language interpreter and I each wrote the chapter on telling with sign language translation.)
Comment by Evita Hofstetter on September 25, 2010 at 7:27pm
Hi Richard
I love Niki's feedback, especially about learning some of your student's language/words. I find that a simple story (remember inner children never grow up) with a few repeated rhymes help memorize the story and words. I suggest that you tell/act out a story ie: stone soup. Invite the students to join by bringing one ingredient verbally. visually, drawing. Then get them to act out the story in their language too. I am a firm believer that hearing other languages help us to learn new ones easier. You can also retell stone soup giving it a different cultural flavour. An Vietnamese stone soup will have different ingredients to an African, Mexican etc AND it is so much fun too. Being able to relate to what the students are used to is also helpful in overcoming inhibitions. I often say ' beware of the anglo/americanisation of curriculum and stories'. Let us enjoy all the flavours of the world in our teaching and telling. love and inspiriration xxxxevita
Comment by richard silberg on September 25, 2010 at 10:29am
Now a question to this incredible group: Anyone ever use or have ideas on how to use storytelling to teach English (or any other language)? I now have 31 middle school students with 10 different language backgrounds (ours is the newcomer school in our district and it is public school). Some are brand new to English, others have some conversational English that they learned in their home countries, or have been in the U.S. for a year or so. They all have different academic backgrounds in their home countries as well, from very little, to strong.
I will have them all year, and have done a few things already, but I would welcome any thoughts, even if you've never tried them. (the thing I did that was most successful so far was I told a story: the magic mortar and pestle,
and had images displayed behind me (technology, laptop and lcd projector in images in a power point)to support what was going on. Then the next day I retold it, but would leave out key words and encourage group or individual response to story. Then they broke into groups and created tableuxs, and then they had one tableux come to life and had it end in another tableux.
Thanks for any thoughts/ideas/resources you can offer.
Comment by Evita Hofstetter on September 25, 2010 at 7:01am
wonderful ideas and sharing. I really enjoyed reading about your ideas and students. I love these age groups as much as the little ones. My favorite part is to sit back and watch the story magic unfold. Thanks for giving us a peek into your story world.
Comment by Kathy Price on September 22, 2010 at 12:53am
Hey thanks Richard and Shapeshifter. Both ideas...the cumulative creative vocabulary inspired by storytelling and the concept of the magic word..are great educational devices. The magic word story..although exactly not the same premise,but along those lines, reminds me of Purim, when the children listen for the name Haman,in a song or story and shake their groggers
Comment by richard silberg on September 20, 2010 at 8:09pm
Hello Shapeshifter:
Great stuff you are providing. I teach an english learner drama course as well
(30 students age 12-14) all new to english (9 different languages!), the magic word idea will work wonderfully there...I will do it this week.
a question about the portal activity. When the guide appears do the students then speak in dialogue or are they narrating? or is there an option? Basically how does it unfold--is it acted out or narrated.
Comment by richard silberg on September 20, 2010 at 6:42pm
Thanks for all the thoughts--this has been great. I'll add something that is working nicely for me. I have an ongoing storytelling group of middle school age (grades 6-8 11-14 yrs). We do lots of things, but what I want to tell you about is this: We have an ongoing alphabetical list of words that suggest a story. It is written on large butcher paper taped to the wall of the room. At any time (except when someone is telling a story) anyone can walk over and write a word on the list.
We just started it today and we have some great words:
(for A we have attic and apple, for b we have basement, for c castle, for d demon and so on). I am imagining that the list will grow over the coming weeks. We can then use it to build our own stories. But for now it is providing interesting conversation about how certain words provoke a sense a story for the listener and the teller.
Comment by Clare Muireann Murphy on September 20, 2010 at 3:16am
You've really started something lovely here Niki! thanks.


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