Picture Books, Storytelling and Imaginative Learning
In this presentation author and teacher, Patricia Daly Oe, discussed the value of using picture books and storytelling when teaching English to children. Following on from this, she showed practical examples of how to use picture books and storytelling techniques in small and large classes and for a range of linguistic levels. Themes covered included: using stories for vocabulary development, creative activities inspired by picture books, rhythm and rhyme, making your own picture stories (students and teachers), famous Japanese stories in English and using stories for special events such as Halloween, Christmas or school performances. Ms. Daly used many examples of books by a number of different authors as well as her own materials and interactive activities to illustrate her talk.
Native English Teachers: Ideas for Self Introductions at Elementary School
An important problem in early foreign language teaching is what a foreign language is for the children themselves. Unless they live near a border or in a place attracting foreign workers or tourists, or holidays abroad, it is difficult for young children to grasp the reality of people who speak another language. One of the first steps in reducing the strangeness of a language is the self-introduction, letting students know something about us, their teachers, our country and culture. It is important for teachers to get students to trust them from the very beggining. Ms. Babanova demonstrated a self introduction lesson, giving practical ideas for first lessons at schools with young learners.