Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Storytelling Response Tasks

Storytelling response tasks.
Response tasks are designed to give students the chance to express themselves creatively and openly, not for comprehension checking. There are no right or wrong answers so there should be no pressure on students. Students can respond as they wish, whether in English or in their mother tongue.
Get ready to tell your students a short and suitable folk tale which you know well (alternatively learn a simple story - see resources below). Prepare the classroom by making an informal receptive storytelling environment. Consider informal seating, gentle lighting and ensure there are no distracting background noises. Ask students to put away pens and paper and just enjoy listening to a story.
Tell the story.
A moment after telling the story, say:
I’m going to ask you three questions.....
By David Heathfield

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