Stories in the classroom – mini-event

Register to attend three practical webinars about using stories in the classroom from specialists from all over the world. This event, on 24 April, also includes a panel of expert teachers sharing their ideas for integrating poetry into classes.

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About the event

This event on Wednesday April 24, 2024 will feature three webinars with specialists from around the world. All webinars help English teachers think about how stories can be used in the English language classroom. The event will also feature a panel dicussion with three expert teachers showing us how they integrate poetry into their classes. The event is for teachers of primary, secondary and adult English language learners. 

Session 1: Building a course around picture books: why, how, wow!


Fiona Hunter (Spain)

Time and date:

14:15 – 15:15 (UK time) 24 April 2024

Session information:

Stepping away from a course book and planning a course structured around picture books can seem like a daunting task. In this webinar, we’ll look at a tried and tested approach to planning courses around stories. We’ll consider the benefits of the experience for the child(ren), and go step by step through the process of planning a story-based course. By the end of the webinar, teachers will feel more confident in course planning and will see how to give picture books centre stage. 

Click or tap here to watch Fiona's taster video

Session 2: How can we use poetry in the classroom? (panel discussion)


Sabrina Herceg (Croatia), Samantha Alfaro Prospero (Mexico), Lucy Durance (Spain)

Time and date:

15:30 – 16:30 (UK time) 24 April 2024

Session information:

Join us for a sharing session with three teachers from around the world talking about how they use poetry in their classrooms.

Session 3: The role of the teacher as an online/remote theatre director


Haneen Jadallah (UK)

Time and date:

16:45 – 17:45 (UK time) 24 April 2024

Session information:

This session aims to show the transformative potential of online/remote theatre education in intercultural settings; linking young people from different countries. We'll look into the evolving role of the teacher as a director, as well as the strategies, challenges and benefits of this type of project. Attendees will gain practical tips to help teachers take their first steps into working in intercultural online theatre with their learners. 

Click or tap here to watch Haneen's taster video

Session 4: Personal and creative storytelling: From folk tales to our own stories


David Heathfield (UK)

Time and date:

18:00 – 19:00 (UK time) April 24 2024

Session information:

The language classroom is a perfect environment for teachers and students to tell stories about our own lives and experiences. These are easily prompted by short folk tales and fables. In this practical workshop, we'll explore playful, fulfilling and inclusive activities that are designed to build language learners' confidence and fluency in personal storytelling. By the end of the webinar, teachers will be able to give students a clear sense of themselves as creators of their own stories in English. 

Click or tap here to watch David's taster video

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About the speakers

Fiona Hunter is a teacher, trainer and the creator of the Kids Club English website, where she self-publishes crafts and games and offers teaching support. She has a passion for teaching through stories, songs, games and crafts and has a soft spot for puppets. Watch a previous webinar from Fiona here:  

Haneen Jadallah is an English language teacher, a teacher trainer and an online theatre specialist. She has a special interest and expertise in drama and language learning, and has developed her own framework for students to create their own plays and to perform them remotely to the outer world. She is passionate about connecting young people around the world through intercultural link-ups and online theatre.   

David Heathfield is a storyteller, teacher of English and teacher trainer from Exeter, UK. He is the author of the teacher development books Storytelling with our students: Techniques for telling tales from around the world (DELTA Publishing), Spontaneous speaking: drama activities for confidence and fluency (DELTA Publishing) and a host of articles and chapters on storytelling and drama in education. He loves celebrating cultural diversity. Watch a previous webinar from David here:

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