Storytelling with Our Students

Techniques for telling tales from around the world

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Key features

From the multi-award winning Delta Teacher Development Series.

Storytelling With Our Students invites you on a fascinating and personal journey in the company of David Heathfield – an experienced teacher and dedicated storyteller. He introduces you to the art of telling an unscripted story, and provides you with the opportunity to bring stories from many cultures to vibrant life in your language teaching.

Storytelling builds confidence, develops language skills, encourages speaking and listening fluency, and increases motivation and interaction.

  • Teachers discover the techniques for being successful tellers of tales.
  • Learners discover that they, too, can be storytellers.

The book includes stories from around the world – and focuses on the telling techniques that will make all the difference as you tell them.

Storytelling With Our Students contains three distinctive parts which focus in turn on theory, practice and development:

Part A presents the history of storytelling through ages and cultures, and how it can be integrated into teaching in general and language teaching in particular.

Part B presents a wealth of stories, accompanying them all with techniques for their successful telling. The three chapters – The teacher as storyteller, The student as storyteller and Creative ways into and out of a story – indicate that there is much more to classroom storytelling than first meets the eye.

Part C presents further possibilities for those of you who venture into the magical world of stories – showing how Storytelling With Our Students can be just the beginning of your own personal journey.






'The book is worth buying for the stories alone. But, additionally, the compendium of techniques offers teachers an indispensable toolkit for getting the best out of storytelling.'

Alan Maley

ETP Issue 95, Autumn 2014 PDF

'A useful resource and development tool.'

Janet Dowling

The SL Issue 62-3, Autumn 2014 PDF

'It is the most clearly written manual on how to choose, learn, tell and work with a story that I have ever come across.'

Andy Kempe

National Drama Magazine, Spring 2015 PDF

'This book will help the indifferent storyteller to be red hot, and I’m sure once teachers discover the joy of it, they will be hooked. There is nothing more exciting than having a class of children hanging on your every word.'

Jo Robinson

NATE Teaching English Magazine, Spring 2015 PDF

'Heathfield's book is a detailed and fascinating guide to telling stories, illustrated with folktales from around the world.'

Helena Lustenberger

ETAS Journal 32/3, Summer 2015 PDF

Component ISBNs

Book 978-1-905085-87-3

11 responses to Storytelling with Our Students

  1. giselle pons says:

    I am very interested. How can I order a copy?
    Storytelling is the greatest instrument for language teaching. Unbeatabke if you know how.

  2. Giselle Pons says:

    Storytelling is extraordinarily effective with students of all ages, from 3 to 83, but it is extremely important for the storyteller to be able to convey/transmit the emotion underlying the story. If you – the storyteller – are involved, sowill your audience be. An indifferent storyteller is not a storyteller at all – a bit like lukewarm beer.

  3. […] institution in the UK. At the start of the workshop, David also mentioned his recent publication, Storytelling with Our Students, which is part of the DELTA Publishing Teacher Development […]

    • It’s very heartwarming to read what you say, Mike. The workshops I’ve offered on storytelling at IATEFL this year and in previous years at IATEFL, APPI, Portugal and many other international gatherings are hugely significant to me – once teachers discover the joys of storytelling and then do it together with their students, they soon build up a repertoire of tales they love telling and are unlikely to ever look back.

  4. […] His book is a must-have and I’m going to buy it before our next MOOC on WiziQ where I’ll show  you how to use different online environments for story telling. […]

  5. […] David has published a number of books related to storytelling and teaching, his most recent being the multi-award winning Storytelling With Our Students: Techniques For Telling Tales From Around The World. […]

  6. Helen Beesley says:

    Great review from Alan Maley: ‘The book is worth buying for the stories alone. But, additionally, the compendium of techniques offers teachers an indispensable toolkit for getting the best out of storytelling.’ Follow the link above to read his review in full.

  7. […] excited to announce that David Heathfield’s popular Storytelling With Our Students, published last year in paperback, is now available in the Kindle store. Even if you are not a […]

  8. […] of copies of the groundbreaking Teaching children how to learn by Gail Ellis & Nayr Ibrahim and Storytelling With Our Students by David Heathfield. To enter this competition simply like our World Book Day Facebook post […]

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