The Gift and Craft of Storytelling in ELT with Susan Hillyard
The oral tradition of storytelling has served to stir the imagination of humankind since time immemorial yet it has been all but lost in our dry, isolationist digital age. We need to revive the craft of storytelling for all, as an essential art form and as a means of emotional and affective communication. This theopractical presentation considers storytelling techniques for teachers and for young learners. Practical strategies will be borrowed from the world of educational drama to develop both vocal and body expression, laying the emphasis on pacing, rhythm and volume, mime, facial gesture, and action. No great resources will be needed but an understanding of the concept of “The Speaking Body in the Empty Space” will be seen as essential, with the Teacher and the Student being the real resources. Teachers should leave with lots of practical ideas to use in their classrooms when term starts.
I'm originally from Liverpool,UK, now based in Buenos Aires, Argentina with 40 years experience in education as a teacher, headmistress, director of a teachers' centre, examiner, materials designer and teacher trainer.Have lived in five countries, worked in seventeen and would be happy to visit more.My passion is educational drama especially with specific needs students who are involved in English in Action, a project for inclusion, bringing English to Special schools in the city of Buenos Aires. I have also taught KG and primary plus adults, mostly teachers.