Why this approach is important

Storytelling differs from reading aloud in that it involves recounting from memory and does not involve a text. It therefore requires a single resource: the storyteller.

Stories help people to make sense of their lives. Many traditional stories that have been passed down from generation to generation help to explain some of the rules and values of the societies and communities that they are associated with. With its multiple languages and cultures, India is particularly rich in vibrant spoken folk tales.

Storytelling has a very important role to play in developing your students’ language skills. It not only passes on wisdom and knowledge in memorable ways, but it also helps to develop children’s imagination as ideas are introduced from other times and places, and through real and invented characters.

What you can learn in this unit

1 Why use storytelling?