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Storytelling – language learning as old as time

Story Telling is the most wonderful method of teaching

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Season 1, episode 20
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When you learn with stories, you don’t just learn a language, you learn to use the language from a practical perspective.

The biggest pull when reading a story is to discover what happens next.

So, learning with stories means you to focusing on the events of the story, instead of the grammar of the language.

This focus on meaning, helps you communicate in the language from the start.

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Storytelling – learning as old as time

Story Telling is the most wonderful method of teaching. This traditional approach to teaching can be traced back to our ancestors thousands of years ago when they sat around the campfire hearing stories, myths and legends passed down from generation to generation.

Without getting too hung up on the ancient practices and cultural relevance of storytelling, let’s focus on something practical and contemporary – your job or livelihood…

How many times have we heard this line before - ‘Tell me about yourself?’. This is a common question that many of you have probably faced in job interviews. Many of us simply summarize our education, work experience and our current situation. But is that enough to make an impression on the interviewer?

What employers really want is to feel comfortable with the idea of hiring you. This is where storytelling comes to the rescue. Stories give you an opportunity to create an emotional rapport with the person you’re speaking to. Read on to understand the importance of storytelling in the corporate world.

Businesses are increasingly recognizing the importance of storytelling. It’s a vital communication skill that helps employees engage better at work. You can sharpen your leadership and management skills by embracing powerful storytelling techniques.

Storytelling has wonderful and diverse benefits like:

  • CREATEING RELEVANCE
  • INCREASING UNDERSTANDING
  • ENHANCING CREATIVITY
  • IMPROVING DECISION-MAKING
  • INCREASING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

Back to why we’re here… Language learning and how to simplify the process. In my opinion too much focus is placed on short term gains – passing a proficiency exam or preparing for an interview. The goal or destination overshadows the journey and in most language learning instances, the journey cannot be discounted.

Storytelling is all about the voyage, or actually the expedition! The details are vital, the unusual and intriguing become remarkable and … memorable.

Learning a language does not just mean acquiring vocabulary or language rules. Knowing a language means appreciating the culture, and being able and willing to interact with others. When you learn with stories, you don’t just learn a language, you learn to use the language from a practical perspective.

The biggest pull when reading a story is to discover what happens next. So, learning with stories means you to focusing on the events of the story, instead of the grammar of the language. This focus on meaning, helps you communicate in the language from the start.

In stories, every word appears in context. You are more likely to learn the correct way to use a word if you see it in context, especially if the new word is important to the story.

Learning through story is no longer just black and white information on the pages of a textbook. Every detail of the language appears in glorious colour. Stories allow you to focus on communication, and lead to a deep, powerful knowledge of the language, in just the same way as children learn their first language.

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