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Storytelling for Diverse Voices

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Watch a recording of the webinar 'Storytelling for diverse voices' with David Heathfield and Alla Göksu.

About the webinar

When we share a folk story from a minority culture, students with roots in that culture sense that they are included and their heritages are esteemed. Through storytelling students grow in resilience and self-esteem, find their own unique voices, feel encouraged to tell their own personal stories and develop as autonomous learners. 

This workshop, recorded on 24 January 2020, considered how teachers telling stories from their students’ heritage cultures can lead to students themselves sharing stories in and outside school, looked at the concept of learner autonomy and about storytelling as an appropriate tool to implement this concept through the example of a project Alla Göksu has initiated at IGS Kronsberg, a secondary school with a culturally diverse student population in Hannover, Germany. The webinar also involves learning about the impact storytelling can have on school students from diverse cultural and social backgrounds with different abilities and dispositions towards learning and finding out how storytelling can initiate a self-determined learning process among these students and develop their skills as autonomous learners.

Watch a recording of the webinar below

About the speakers

David Heathfield is a freelance storyteller, teacher and teacher trainer. He is the author of Storytelling With Our Students: Techniques for Telling Tales from Around the World and Spontaneous Speaking: Drama Activities for Confidence and Fluency, both published by DELTA Publishing. He is a member of The Creativity Group.

Alla Göksu enjoys teaching students from diverse cultural heritages and with different dispositions towards learning at a comprehensive school in Lower Saxony, Germany. She is a member of the school leadership team, an expert in learner autonomy and has been a speaker at IATEFL and Nordic Conferences.

Find out more about inclusive practices around the world in our free publication: Creating an inclusive school environment

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