What can storytelling offer?
Children have an innate love of stories. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Storytelling is a unique way for students to develop an understanding, respect and appreciation for other cultures, and can promote a positive attitude to people from different lands, races and religions.Storytelling and intercultural understanding.There are a number of ways in which storytelling can enhance intercultural understanding and communication. Stories can allow children to explore their own cultural roots allow children to experience diverse cultures enable children to empathise with unfamiliar people/places/situationsoffer insights into different traditions and values help children understand how wisdom is common to all peoples/all culturesoffer insights into universal life experiences help children consider new ideas reveal differences and commonalties of cultures around the world.
benefits of using storytelling in the classroom Stories
Promote a feeling of well-being and relaxation Increase children’s willingness to communicate thoughts and feelings Encourage active participation Increase verbal proficiency Encourage use of imagination and creativity Encourage cooperation between students Enhance listening skills