This storytelling class is designed for 14- year- old junior high school students whose English level is relatively low. Therefore, before students work as groups to tell the story, a little explanation about the steps is necessary. There are mainly five steps in this class.
Step 1: The six elements of telling a story----- 5W1H.
Step 2: The three parts: Beginning, Body, Ending. With the pictures I provide in this class, I tend to emphasize the ending. What will happen in the end? What can we learn from the story? How can we solve the problem?
Step 3: Story phrases: encourage students to think of more phrases to make their story logical and fascinating.
Step 4: Group work: The time limit is 10 minutes. I combined two pieces of five-minute-long music to remind students of the time limit. Describe the picture within three sentences and prepare one question at the same time in case some students talk on and on. I require the students to tell the story in the Simple Past Tense because it’s the weaker tense they’ve learned. In order to have a better understanding of how groups of six and seven work, I give the demo class to these two groups.
Step 5: Presentation : Students tell the story and ask and answer questions.
Evaluation: While students work in groups, the teacher can evaluate their behaviours and performances by holding their name list in hand to mark down the points as their final scores. For example, make a rule----whoever says Chinese twice should get deducted in points. In the Ask and Answer part, points should also be taken away for not answering the questions correctly. In the end, the teacher reward the best group by adding points to them. In addition, students can choose one student as The Best Storyteller.
In the whole class, I seldom point out students’ minor grammar mistakes, except that one student’s mistake is too obvious. In the Spoken English Class, students’ willingness to speak out is the top priority. Students have to listen to what other classmates say and practise their question sentences. Make up an ending helps students to be creative. The story teaches students to have dinner on time.