Chennai Storytelling Festival 2019,

at Loyola College



Fri 8 Feb 2019, for Adults --



"Storytelling for Teaching-and-learning English Language".





In this Workshop, along with Storytelling we would be working with a wide range of types of verbal play and arts, including Puns, Rhymes, Tongue-twisters, Songs, and Chants.


Storytelling (and other verbal arts) can make things interesting -- involving characters' emotions, adventures, risks, and yearnings. 


Folktales, Life events, and Family histories are among the types of stories that can be used. 


Stories may provide:

Examples and patterns.

Play (games, contests, etc).

Speech in the contexts of (human) relationships. 


Students could be invited to complete sentences (in the language to be learned). 


The speech pattern of a character may change, develop, in the course of a story.


One way to get students to remember things is to draw them in, to get them involved and caring about helping to solve a problem. 


Storytelling may give students material they can use in speaking to and as characters. 


A student may want a story character to understand something. 


This kind of imaginative play could be more engaging, involving, and fun than memorising abstract facts and formulas.



Possible Activies include:



Activity 1


A Sentence and Drills


Tell the story of "Something interesting that happened in the last few days".


Take one sentence from this story and work with it in the following ways --


Substitution drills (change subject, object, tense).


Transformation drills

(statement [may, might, could, should, would, will], question, command).


Accumulation drills (add an adjective to describe a thing [noun or pronoun]; add an adverb to describe an action [a verb]).




Activity 2


Vocabulary and Grammar.


A) Vocabulary: Fill in the blank --

Compose a sentence that ends with one of the words.


B) Vocabulary: Puns --

Compose a sentence that includes both words.

(And tongue-twisters, just for fun.)


C) Grammar: Using Contractions --

Write/say it with and without the contraction.


D) Grammar: Subject and Verb --

They have to match, singular or plural.




Activity 3


1) Repetition with variation.

2) Physical action.

3) Questions and answers.

4) Role-playing.


These are found in

14 Songs-games-dances-chants

of Tamil children.


Also in the Tamil children's games:

Take an answer, and ask an additional question regarding it --

What kind of?

What is the use of?

What kind of action goes with what kind of person?



For example:  I am going to the house.

Why should we go to the house?

What could we do in the house?




Activity 4


Some Popular Questions


What is your name?

Where are you from?

What are you doing today?

What are you doing?  (Studying, Working, etc?)

Where are you going?

What do you want?

What are you thinking about?




Activity 5


Stories, Characters, and Speech


"Three Little Pigs".

"I'll huff and puff and blow your house down."  Repetition is in the sentence, and also the sentence is repeated 3 times.


"Lost in a Forest of Words".


Speech by Characters:

Statements and conversations by various characters.


Situations that often come up in daily life: 

Shopping.  Travelling.
Asking for directions.



Use unique attitudes and styles of speaking:



words slurred together / words distinct.

formal / informal language.

contractions / no contractions.















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