Storytelling is a practical and effective practice that transcends cultural boundaries and holds immense potential in educational settings, especially for ESL learners. Incorporating storytelling in primary ESL classroom can improve the four language skills (i.e., listening, speaking, reading and writing skills), increase cultural understanding, improve social skills and enhance communication skills. To better prepare pre-service teachers in acquiring the storytelling skills to be applied in their future language classroom, the course of Storytelling in the Primary ESL Classroom (TSLB3483) is included in the teacher training at the Institutes of Teacher Education Malaysia. Pre-service teachers are introduced to numerous storytelling activities in which they could implement them among their future pupils. Some interesting storytelling activities include storytelling with spoon puppets, storytelling boxes, storytelling stones and storytelling with play dough.

 

1. Storytelling with Spoon Puppets:

Spoon puppets are versatile tools that bring stories to life, especially in the primary school classroom. These small, handheld puppets encourage pupils to engage actively in storytelling, providing an interactive platform for role-plays among them. By using these spoon puppets, ESL learners can explore language in a fun way, enhance their vocabulary and improve their speaking and listening skills. For an example, Maandeep Kaur Sidhu a/p Surjit Singh prepares the spoon puppets as below for the story of The Little Red Riding Hood.