Delta Publishing Catalogue

Spontaneous Speaking

Drama activities for confidence and fluency

Author: David Heathfield

ISBN: 9783125016064

Series:Professional Perspectives

Spontaneous Speaking, part of the Professional Perspectives series, gives teachers a wide variety of drama activities, all of which have been designed to maximise student interaction. A range of different, true-to-life situations are used, to create meaningful communication, increase fluency and build up students’ confidence.

In Spontaneous Speaking:

  • Students have no option but to speak and listen to each other. Written prompts such as rolecards are not used, so the students’ focus is always 100% on each other.
  • The activities provide frameworks but creative content always come from the students. They generate a lot of energy, fun and laughter, as recently-learnt language is put into practice.
  • Clear aims and some suggested variations minimise the teacher’s input and maximise students’ output.
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David Heathfield

Storytelling With Our Students is the second of my books for teachers published by DELTA and, like Spontaneous Speaking, it came into being because I had a powerful urge to share what I have discovered about teaching and learning.

In 2004 I went from being a full-time teacher and academic manager to combining a part-time teaching post with being a freelance storyteller and teacher trainer. In the intervening years, I have learnt that storytelling is at the very heart of education. The collaborative and creative nature of storytelling provides students with a deeply satisfying learning experience. After all, tales from the world’s oral cultures are how we have made sense of the world since the beginning of humankind.

These days I have the good fortune to tell stories with adults, teenagers and children of all ages. I tell stories in a whole array of settings: festivals, museums, forests, care homes, historic buildings as well as all kinds of educational institutions. Many people I work with are learning English in the UK, where I live, or in other parts of the world. Many others are English speakers who want to learn about different cultures through their traditional stories.

I run storytelling workshops with teachers working around the world. In this way, I have become fascinated by intercultural storytelling, and learn many stories by listening to students and teachers from everywhere telling them to me. The week before writing this I was in Brazil, where a teacher called Marcela Cintra enchanted me with an Amazon story about a boastful hunter who melted into a sticky mass when he falsely claimed he had destroyed Curupira, the legendary rainforest demon.

Storytelling to celebrate diversity has also led me to learn about multi-sensory storytelling with people who have learning difficulties, people with sensory impairments and people with other kinds of physical or mental difference.

Rhythm, sound, movement and touch enhance storytelling: not only for those with special needs, but for everyone. Storytelling engages the whole person – mind, body and emotions.

In Storytelling With Our Students: Techniques for telling tales from around the world, I offer techniques which enable you and your students to grow together as classroom storytellers. I demonstrate these techniques through the telling of wonderful stories from all around the world.