Smoke Signals in the classroom

Learning how to begin a story When we start a story, we send out a signal to indicate our presence, get people’s attention, and invite them to connect to something different which is about to start. Once upon a time – or its equivalent – is a widely accepted signal for starting a story. But a […]

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Your voice – friend or foe?

Weaving, absorbing and telling a story This post continues the exploration of the theme of Orality and Storytelling. If you have a story to tell in class, you may think that the most important thing is to get the story straight. But in an oral tradition where you speak to a group of listeners this […]

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We all know stories

Close encounter with classroom storytelling We all know stories. But how can they come into classroom learning? When I first fell into teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in 1981, John Morgan and Mario Rinvolucri were already developing their ideas on the use of storytelling for the language classroom. A chance encounter with Mario […]

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