Elementary School

How Oral Storytelling Supports Language Development

So, what is storytelling? It is simple, storytelling is the art of telling stories. This is the oldest form of communication and it has been around for thousands of years. Storytelling is a common thread among the cultures of the world. 

 Telling stories is an important part of life. We all tell stories and we all enjoy listening to a good story. It is part of your everyday life in big and small ways. Stories shape who we are. 

 There are many ways in which storytelling can support language development for children. 

  • Firstly, storytelling invites purposeful talking. Students learn to organize their thoughts into simple structures that are sequenced, including a beginning, a middle, and an end. 

  • Storytelling raises the enthusiasm for reading texts and finding stories to reread with expression or finding stories that are easy to retell. 

  • Telling stories can also initiate excitement for writing the story down. When students have shared their stories orally, they have greater confidence to write their stories.

  • When students are involved in storytelling, it improves listening skills. They listen to the structure of the story, visualize what is happening, and learn new vocabulary words.

  • Asking students to tell their stories helps to broaden their vocabulary, rehearse what they want to say with additional details, and develop their spoken language.

Storytelling is a wonderful way to strengthen a child's spoken language, develop their listening skills, and share a part of your culture in an engaging way. Storytelling is a skill that can be nurtured in the home or school environment.