Storytelling is a wonderful way to learn, because children can enjoy while they learn a second language unconsciously. However, to prepare a storytelling lesson is necessary much dedication ,adapt the class if is necessary , arrange all resources ( specialized programmes in computers, decoration in class, tangible materials like tales, flashcards, puppets, mascots, balls…) Furthermore, the teacher must rehearse the story previously to reach an excellent result.
Some advices very useful that teacher must take into account to tell a storytelling in a suitable way are the following:
1º to choose a good story, with an appropriate language for them. To make sure children like it.
2º to study it very well.
3º to arrange all the preparations.
4º to capture all student´s attention .
5º is very important paralinguistic resources like the graduation of voice, intensity… when you imitate the different characters.
6º if is possible, you can dress up or use some clothes or accessorizes.
7º the extralinguistic resources are essential also ( body language, gestures, movements…)
8º feedback with students during the story and once finished.
Here you are a very interesting video about that. I hope you enjoy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNn0jw_pUfAstorytelling lesson “Motivating learning DVD: Storytelling” (preview 1 of 6)
Besides, the teacher can self-assessment once finished this activity with the objective of improving, correcting mistakes and solving possible “problems” using the following rubric: