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We look at approaches and ideas for storytelling that you can use in the classroom.

Storytelling is powerful. It covers many emotions and life situations that we can help children explore healthily and we find out why it is such an incredibly important part of a child's social, emotional and language development.

We consider criteria you can use to select appropriate picture books for storytelling as well as approaches, ideas and tips for using storytelling in your classroom.,/p>

A taster of some of the content adapted from our Young Learners course

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Very interesting notes on what to take into account to select the best stories that cause real interest from the learners.

Jaime Cortes

Very interesting notes on what to take into account to select the best stories that cause real interest from the learners. Drama, creativity, plays, and performance is a very creative way to introduce YLs to the practice of real English. It's com...

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Very interesting notes on what to take into account to select the best stories that cause real interest from the learners. Drama, creativity, plays, and performance is a very creative way to introduce YLs to the practice of real English. It's complete in the sense that the course shows you how to consider the English language as a whole system to be taught and learned, having English in mind not only the syllabi and grammar but as an integrated unit including also the practical use of language chunks used in daily life. Thanks.

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Tutor: Emma Pratt

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Emma Pratt

Senior Tutor, Course Writer and Online Workshop Presenter

Emma’s specialism is looking at creative solutions to classroom practice and learning, working with all age groups. She has a background in museum and visual arts education and English language teaching, as well as communications, marketing, video, audio, design and coding. She has also worked in teacher management working with the business side of running language schools and working with agents. She is a visual artist with an active, recognised career spanning 20 + years (emmapratt.com). Her current project is in writing and illustrating for children. She is also a parent and company director.

In learning, her area of interest is in artmaking as a physical, intellectual, and emotional response to the world. She investigates ways in which it can be used in English language contexts to engage children’s brains, challenge their visual schema, and give voice to non-verbal forms of communication. She has contributed to publications and blogs on this subject.

Emma has given workshops at IATEFL and The Image Conference on drawing in the classroom as well as being the 2018 Artist in Residence at IATEFL. She is interested in the role of illustration in storytelling and how to exploit that in the classroom. Emma has been involved in an Artists in Schools programme and in artist residency projects where she has looked at storytelling. Online, she has given drawing and language workshops for children.

Emma has been designing online learning courses since 2013 and was, with Jamie King, a finalist in the ELTons 2014 for Innovation in Teaching Resources.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • CELTA Certificate– Certificate in English Language Teacher to Adults (Seville, Spain)
  • Post Graduate: Museum Studies, Massey University, New Zealand
  • Master in Programming (CEI, Spain)
  • Languages: English; Spanish (upper-intermediate advanced); Māori (beginner)