Storytelling and Language Learning

Storytelling is a powerful means through which to learn a language. Through exploring stories and developing storytelling skills, language learners build greater confidence in their English. They develop fluency, expand their vocabulary, enhance their grammar, improve their reading, writing and listening skills, and develop their pronunciation. Storytelling activates the imagination and encourages creative thinking in the classroom.

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Alice is a CELTA qualified teacher of English as a Foreign Language. She has been working creatively with language students since 2010, using stories as a basis for language development. She has taught in Italy and at a number of UK language schools and has worked with students from over 40 different countries, with abilities ranging from beginner to proficiency.

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Storytelling works with all age groups. Alice has a wealth of experience using stories with both adult and young learners of English.  Her combination of skills, both in the art of language learning, and the art of storytelling, provide a unique opportunity for learners of English.

Recent Storytelling and Language Projects

January 2018 Alice and storyteller Svend-Erik Engh took their performance project GIANTS to Hvalsoe Skole in Denmark, where they performed a specially adapted version of the show for young English language learners. They led a post performance workshop where students learnt lots of new words and phrases whilst having fun re-creating moments from the stories.

“Dear Giants, Alice and Svend!
Thank you so much for your storytelling and performance. Everybody enjoyed the wonderful legends, and the workshop gave our pupils a great opportunity to learn English and to gain confidence in their ability to understand and speak English. The pupils love your pronunciation, Alice, you have become a role model! The teachers will benefit from your visit too, as we got new inspiration for our teaching.”                       Astrid Ougaard, Hvalsoe Skole, Denmark.

In February and September 2017 Alice led new workshops for language teachers entitled  ‘Storytelling in the Language Classroom’ at The Scottish Storytelling Centre.

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Language teachers tell the story of Hansel and Gretel in 5 frozen pictures. Storytelling in the Language Classroom workshop Feb 2017.

‘Alice is an engaging and dynamic storyteller who really captures the imagination of our international students.  I would recommend her fabulous workshops to all!’  Janet Galbraith, Principal at CES (Centre for English Studies), Edinburgh.

‘Alice’s storytelling was the highlight of our trip to the UK’  Francesco Bartoli, Turin, Italy. 2016

‘Alice is a fantastic storyteller’ Giulia Camozzi, Santarcangelo, Italy. 2016

‘We had the best time with Alice storytelling’ Johanna Koeck, Vienna, Austria. 2015

‘Alice has designed and taught a programme for a closed group of Dutch secondary school teachers in which she taught them how to integrate storytelling into their Content and Language Integrated Lessons. They were thoroughly impressed with Alice’s lessons and left excellent feedback which is likely to lead to repeat business for our school.’ Megan Blakemore, Commercial Manager, Regent School of English, Edinburgh. 2016

For further information, or to discuss a booking, please contact Alice via the contact page, or email afernbank@gmail.com.