Today is the last day of November and my final posting in this blog. One of the odd things about what I have written and what you have written is that there has been little specific reference to primary teaching.

This is odd as the EFL teachers who use story-telling most are almost certainly the folk teaching kids between 6 and 11 years old.  I guess all primary teachers either tell or read stories to their classes.

If you teach small kids then the OUP books by Andrew Wright could really delight you:

Story-telling with Children   and Creating Stories with Children

Have you read Gianni Rodari's  The Grammar of Fantasy? Until his recent death Rodari would go from school to school in Italy telling young kids stories. Though his work was mainly at primary level it is an inspiration to a story-telling teacher working at any level. Bruno Bettelheim, in his book Uses of Enchantement, tries to dig into just why children are so fascinated by stories and why young ones demand that stories they like should be repeated night after night.

A colleague who used to work with me in Pilgrims, Nick Owen, has produced two books full of good ideas for story-telling, both with Crown House Publishing:

The Magic of Metaphor      and     More Magic of Metaphor

Some of us learn stories best by listening to a good teller at work. If you ever have a chance to go to a session led by any of the following, drop everything and go: Jim Wingate, David Heathfield, Tony Cooper, Andrew Wright, Mark Almond or Richard Martin ( Germany). You will not  be disappointed.

In many countries you will be able to learn marvellous new tales from local story tellers, tales that fit your inner needs and maybe those of your students.

One last thought: if so many of us teachers have stories to tell, stories from our own lives, stories that have moved us, stories we love to share, why should we put up with the dreary flatlands of saltless text that some coursebooks kindly offer us to bore our students with? When are we, as a profession, going to vote with our feet and abandon the nonsense of coursebooks?

Thank you for writing your thoughts, thank you for reading this blog, thank you for your presence from around the globe and thank you to future readers of the blog over the next few yearrs.

 Warmly yours,   Mario ( Rinvolucri) ( Pilgrims) ( UK)

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