Storytelling: a multifunctional didactic tool in the classroom
7-12 February 2021
Pre and primary school teachers and staff (age group 4 – 12)
Storytelling in the Primary Classroom is a course about how to use oral storytelling and storytelling techniques in
primary education. It offers five days of presentations, workshops & performances.
Description of the Course
Storytelling in the Primary Classroom is a course about how to use oral storytelling and storytelling techniques in primary education. The course will be hosted and run in the beautiful Storytelling Castle Alden Biesen in Belgium, the home of the biggest international storytelling festival in Europe. It offers five days of presentations, workshops & performances.
Storytelling in the classroom is much more than telling stories in the classroom. Stories, storytelling and narrative teaching approaches are known to help improve children’s verbal and communication skills in the mother tongue
and/or in a foreign language. It also impacts imagination, creativity, social and civic competences, values, intercultural understanding, cultural awareness and expression. By offering subject content as a narrative, transformed into
images, one improves the quality of the transfer of this content. A school where education is partly offered through storytelling approaches will have a greater appeal on pupils’ motivation because of the open atmosphere, the
interactive and creative elements and the valuing of different cultures.
The main trainer at the course will be a professional storyteller, Michael Harvey. Guest speakers will add specific topics to the programme.