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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Look and say

Is reading a public or a private experience? My parents had a very personal definition of story which covered things that had happened to them or people they knew. These were generally exchanged orally at mealtimes. However, they didn’t read stories to us or tell us stories for children.  I suspect that maybe this was […]

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