By Singapore Teaching Centre, British Council

27 July 2023 - 22:46

How storytelling can enhance primary school English tuition

Storytelling is an age-old practice that lies at the heart of human communication. It’s a powerful method to convey information, influence emotions, and inspire action. In the realm of primary school English tuition, storytelling can play an essential role in making learning an enjoyable and memorable experience.

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Storytelling for learning

Educational research has consistently shown the benefits and psychological effectiveness of storytelling in learning. Stories create a rich context, allowing children to understand and remember complex ideas more effectively. They stimulate the imagination, and foster empathy by transforming the abstract nature of language learning into an engaging, tangible experience.

The role of storytelling in the curriculum

In the English curriculum, storytelling has a significant role in comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking. Well-crafted stories enhance children's reading fluency, comprehension skills, and vocabulary. Additionally, storytelling can be a powerful tool to develop children's writing skills and boost their confidence in speaking.

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How immersion in stories aids language learning

Immersion in stories can have profound effects on a child's comprehension skills, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. Stories offer a real context in which new words and grammar structures are used, helping children understand their meaning and usage. As children hear and read stories, they naturally absorb the language's rhythms, sounds, and structures, enhancing their pronunciation skills.

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Techniques to teach storytelling

Various activities can make storytelling a dynamic part of English tuition. Using visual aids, audio stories, and writing exercises can help children engage with stories on different levels, enhancing their understanding and retention. Encouraging children to tell or write their own stories can also promote creativity and language use.

Finding age-appropriate stories

Finding stories that are relevant and engaging for primary school children is vital. Animated television shows, interactive games, and even day camps can be excellent sources of suitable stories. Parents and teachers should look for resources that provide fun, educational content that sparks children's curiosity and imagination.

Holistic English tuition at the British Council in Singapore

The British Council in Singapore offers a comprehensive English learning approach for Lower Primary students. These courses incorporate storytelling as a core teaching method, fostering children's interest in the English language. The lessons in our courses are designed to cover all aspects of the English language, offering a balanced mix of grammar, vocabulary, phonics, and English comprehension skills.

Incorporating storytelling into primary school English tuition can make learning more engaging, effective, and enjoyable for children. It allows them to explore the language in a fun, relaxed environment, promoting lasting learning. We encourage parents to delve into the world of stories with their children and explore the benefits this approach can bring.

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