Teaching Young Learners Using Storytime
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Teaching children can be a rewarding but incredibly challenging task. Between making the lessons interesting and keeping the children’s attention for longer than five minutes, there’s a lot for teachers in the Young Learners’ classrooms to think about. Making lessons interactive and engaging the learners’ senses with colour, texture, sound and activities is vital if you are to be successful.
Storytelling is one of the oldest and most effective tools for teaching Young Learners. It’s the way lessons have been passed down from generation to generation and what child doesn’t love a good story? It’s an effective way to keep them entertained, introduce language and celebrate different cultures.
Four tips for using storytelling in the Young Learners classroom
1. Anchor the learning in the story
A story can be used as a foundation for introducing different learning activities in the classroom. By centring everything around the story, learners will engage more effectively with it. They can sing or dance or complete a puzzle or paint masks of the different characters. There are many ways in which to bring it to life and by building elements into the story, your teaching opportunities are endless.
2. Be dramatic
Not everyone is a born storyteller, but learning how to put on humourous voices, accents and even actions such as funny walks can take a story from boring to captivating in seconds. Children love a bit of drama and channelling your inner child and being over the top in your storytelling, will bring success in the classroom.
3. Build suspense
No matter what age we are, a story with suspense will grip us to our very core, leaving us enthralled and dying to know more. The same can be said for using story time in the classroom and by pausing to ask the learners what they think might happen next, you create an environment where they will hang on your every word.
4. Tell the same story more than once
By repeating the same story, learners will derive the most benefit from it as hearing it only once may not necessarily mean uptake. When retelling the story, get the learners involved by using puppets to act out some of the characters, or holding up pictures when a specific word is mentioned. There are many fun ways to integrate different learning techniques into the same story and when children understand the story they will benefit from it the most.
Storytelling is an effective tool in the Young Learner classroom and teachers who spend time building on stories and creating fun and interactive lessons around it will reap the benefits of happy, engaged and captivated learners who enjoy every lesson.
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Note: This blog post was originally published on 1 March 2019 but has been updated.
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- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
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.