Delta Publishing Catalogue

Storytelling with Our Students

Techniques for telling tales from around the world

Author: David Heathfield

ISBN: 9783125013544

Series: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.

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2Introduction B.pdf324.45
3Introduction C.pdf199.35

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.