The Importance of Storytelling in the EFL Classroom
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Did your parents read stories to you when you are young? Do you remember storytelling in your classroom in Grade 1? Do you read to your children or nieces or nephews?
Hopefully the answer to all three of those question is yes. Storytelling should be a part of everyone’s childhood and if it was, it will surely be memorable for years to come. There are many reasons why this is so and thankfully these apply to the EFL classroom as well. Here are a few reasons you should incorporate storytelling into your EFL lessons.
It helps with pronunciation
Hearing stories provides your learners with models of the language. Hearing stories aloud gives the learners exposure not only to pronunciation of words but also to aspects of stress, rhythm and intonation.
It consolidates language
Stories provide an illustration of language in context. While our learners may learn vocabulary or grammatical structures during our lessons, stories show them how the language is used naturally, in an authentic context.
It introduces new language
Stories are never read just once. Especially with Young Learners, stories are read repeatedly until the teacher (and sometimes the learners) can recite the story by heart! In effect, the learners are being exposed to new words and phrases again and again, in context, with the result that they will end up learning the language.
It appeals to everyone
We all know our learners have different learning styles, but our learners also have different personalities. The beauty of storytelling is that it can appeal to all kinds of learners. The fact that storytelling is usually accompanied by songs, actions, roleplays or artwork means that it will interest visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners. At the same time, shy students are able to sit and listen quietly to the story while our more outgoing students can participate and act out and sing along.
It connects with the real world
Many stories that we read to our learners are well-known internationally. The chances are good that your learners will already be familiar with some of the stories you are reading to them. In this way your learners will be able to bring some background knowledge to the topic and they can relate the language to the story they already know.
It is cultural
Storytelling can offer a glimpse into another culture or way of life. Reading stories from all over the world can introduce other cultural norms and traditions to your students in a way they will find enjoyable.
You shouldn’t need any extra encouragement to include storytelling into your EFL lessons. There are many benefits to reading stories to your learners, not least of all that it is enjoyable for our learners and helps maintain interest and motivation.
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If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.