THE STORY TELLING PROJECT 2012 AND THE SPICE ELEMENT IN TEACHING  By Zafi Mandali
Wordy Rappinhood - Tom Tom ClubWhat are words worth? What are words worth? - wordsWords in papers, words in books , Words ...
What are words worth? What are words worth? - wordsrat, rat, ah, ah, touni, touni, toun, aka, akaaka, yupi, aka, yupi, oua...
Innovative practices that motivatestudents and provide them withhigh quality educational experience .That is what the Teso...
What is digital story telling?  The modern equivalent of oral history. Storytellers create a  script, record it and use pi...
AN   ALTERNATIVE VERSION OFGOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS
It was mummy bear whomade the coffee and woke     Then daddy bear arrived at theeverybody up!                table and sat...
It was mummy who went out in the   …and croissants!cold to fetch the newspaper…It was mummy who                    It was ...
and cleaned the cat’s tray          drag themselves downstairs andand now that they decided to        grace mummy bear wit...
Motivating students learning is entering their learning zoneHow do we get the right part of the brainBe at the Right Place...
How do we           the learning of a language that isand secure the underlying skills needed for?
Intergenerationalmaterial                    My Definition of Story Tellinglike chants,rhymes, fictionaland non fictional ...
Photos
Why story telling?                  20th of March World Story Telling DayThis is how we share experience, create community...
Language Spice                               Rhymes  Group of words ending in the same sound. They raise awareness of     ...
Language Spice                                 Chants Repetitive patterns with rhythm and rhyme that focus on aspects of g...
Language Spice                                 Chants  To enchant our students. It is hard to be disenchanted from them. W...
Language Spice                                   Songs and RapsMusic is the art of thinking with sounds. Songs have plots ...
Language Spice                                  Dramatised ReadingThe piped Piper of Hamelin                         Chora...
Pronunciation ActivitiesMr Porter loves his pasta,No one else can eat it faster,Mr. Porter’s sister Rita,buys the pasta by...
Language Spice                                     Poems  The dishes are done.  Written with a pen If every parent and eve...
Language Spice                      Tongue Twisters                                      To help articulation  How many ca...
Language Spice                                 Jokes/AnectodsRound like a shotGoing to bed the other night, I noticed peop...
Language Spice                                 HOMONYMS                  We know knowledge comes through associations  kni...
Language Spice                                       Anagrams       They ignite the thinking process. Knowledge comes thro...
Language Spice                                     QuotesI am not young enough to know everything.                        ...
Benefits of dynamic and generous storytellingStudents get physical and become active not passive receptors.Creative potent...
Benefits of dynamic and generous storytellingThey get a character to hide behind and battle their inhibitionsemerging more...
Telling a story digitally entices multifunctioning kids who see thechallenge of expressing thoughts and messages in pictor...
Food for thoughtOur tools and teaching methods bear little resemblance with the onesof last century.The magic of technolog...
Bottom lineAnd if some of the previous aims are not achieved, rest assured thatstory telling and the spice technique will ...
Where do we find all these?                         Everywhere. A small sample here.www.worldstories.org.ukwww.storybird.c...
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The presentation was in two parts. The warm up of the first part was a song and there was definition and description of the story telling project in my school with one to two minute video extracts illustrating the process. The videos will not appear on the presentation. The second half referred to the spice element in teaching with live demonstration performed on stage by four students.Neither the performances nor the videos referring to each spice category are appearing here. It all ended with the song Boom di clap ,boom , boom, boom and a little dancing on stage.

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  1. 1. THE STORY TELLING PROJECT 2012 AND THE SPICE ELEMENT IN TEACHING By Zafi Mandali
  2. 2. Wordy Rappinhood - Tom Tom ClubWhat are words worth? What are words worth? - wordsWords in papers, words in books , Words on tv, words for crooksWords of comfort, words of peace , Words to make the fighting ceaseWords to tell you what to do , Words are working hard for youEat your words but dont go hungry , Words have always nearly hung merat, rat, ah, ah, touni, touni, toun, asa, asaaka, yaya, aka, yaya, oua, oua, tsin, tsin, tsinWhat are words worth? What are words worth? - wordsWords of nuance, words of skill , And words of romance are a thrillWords are stupid, words are fun , Words can put you on the runMots pressŸx, mots sensŸx, Mots qui disent la vâýit? mots maudits, mots mentis,Mots qui manquent le fruit despritrat, rat, ah, ah, touni, touni, toun, aka, akaaka, yupi, aka, yupi, oua, oua, oua, tsin, tsin, tsinWhat are words worth? What are words worth? - words
  3. 3. What are words worth? What are words worth? - wordsrat, rat, ah, ah, touni, touni, toun, aka, akaaka, yupi, aka, yupi, oua, oua, oua, tsin, tsin, tsinWords can make you pay and pay, Four-letter words I cannot sayPanty, toilet, dirty devilWords are trouble, words are devil , Words of anger, words of hateWords over here, words out there , In the air and everywhereWords of wisdom, words of strife , Words that write the book I likeWords wont find no right solution , To the planet earths pollutionSay the right word, make a million , Words are like a certain personWho cant say what they mean, Dont mean what they sayWith a rap rap here and a rap rap thereHere a rap, there a rap , Everywhere a rap rapRap it up for the common good , Let us enlist the neighbourhoodIts okay, Ive understood, This is a wordy rappinghood, okay, bye.rat, rat, ah, ah, touni, touni, toun, aka, akaaka, yupi, aka, yupi, oua, oua, oua, tsin, tsin, tsinWhat are words worth? , What are words worth? - wordsWhat are words worth? What are words worth? - words
  4. 4. Innovative practices that motivatestudents and provide them withhigh quality educational experience .That is what the Tesol Convention call forparticipation asked for and that is my topic.
  5. 5. What is digital story telling? The modern equivalent of oral history. Storytellers create a script, record it and use pictures and music to illustrate it. A personal story is turned into three to five minute movie which is shared and preserved with the help of the social media. http://www.storycenter.orgGoogle: GoAnimate Animoto www.makebeliefscomix.com
  6. 6. AN ALTERNATIVE VERSION OFGOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS
  7. 7. It was mummy bear whomade the coffee and woke Then daddy bear arrived at theeverybody up! table and sat at the big chair. He took coffee and lookedthe empty bowl. Baby bear Incidentally, It was mummy whocame downstairs and looked had unloaded the dishwasher!at the empty bowl too.
  8. 8. It was mummy who went out in the …and croissants!cold to fetch the newspaper…It was mummy who It was mummy whoswept the floor! walked the dog…
  9. 9. and cleaned the cat’s tray drag themselves downstairs andand now that they decided to grace mummy bear with their grumpy presence, and stare ather, mummy bear gasped: just once. I haven’t madelisten carefully you too, because the blinking porridge yet !!!I am going to say this
  10. 10. Motivating students learning is entering their learning zoneHow do we get the right part of the brainBe at the Right Placeat the rightso as to notice, assimilate, internalize and apply?
  11. 11. How do we the learning of a language that isand secure the underlying skills needed for?
  12. 12. Intergenerationalmaterial My Definition of Story Tellinglike chants,rhymes, fictionaland non fictional In other wordsstories, powerful teachinginternational material whichmyths, parables, Story telling allows modernfables, legends, employs rhyming, retelling thatfolktales, fantasy singing, refrains, passes wealthstories, music, of feelings, values,adventure stories, pantomime, wisdom, fun, witbiographies, mannerism, and stimulates and can behistory stories, props, make up , the imagination, delivered inpoems, action costumes, adds choice, the form ofsongs, rap songs posture, music, background variety and narration, repetition, power point, and challenge to monologue, contrast and digital support your lesson dialogue, movement, because we the small sketch , action, pitch, and students are role play, tempo of voice digital natives make believe who want to situations touch our roots and the while flying message is forward along illustrated with with our digital reality.
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  14. 14. Why story telling? 20th of March World Story Telling DayThis is how we share experience, create community and hearlifes lessons.Stories encourage love for words and participation in groupactivities.They create a culture of communication, confidence,collaboration, contribution.
  15. 15. Language Spice Rhymes Group of words ending in the same sound. They raise awareness of rhythm. If students clap or click their fingers rhythm and physical responses are maintained. Rhymes Action rhymes: A sailor went to sea Counting rhymes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Fish alive Four Red Apples
  16. 16. Language Spice Chants Repetitive patterns with rhythm and rhyme that focus on aspects of grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, or structure. They beg for: the right tone of voice Finger and glove puppets expression attention grabbing props like masks which tease out gesture emotions and provide comfort mime comes in when words fail movement passion
  17. 17. Language Spice Chants To enchant our students. It is hard to be disenchanted from them. Words are lifted and camp into their brain while speaking practice is offered . There are things I can do all by myself Whether the weather is cold, whether the weather is hot This the foot that kicked the ball This is the house that Jack built It shows how a simple base sentence may be extended. Lengthening a sentence comes easy.
  18. 18. Language Spice Songs and RapsMusic is the art of thinking with sounds. Songs have plots which can be perceived and expressed in the students’ own manner and language chunks are learnt the music way. Action songs Piano Action rhymes Mulberry tree Action songs Bear Hunt For he is a jolly good fellow (3), which nobody can deny (2) Songs for Teaching / ELTV: English Language Teaching Video
  19. 19. Language Spice Dramatised ReadingThe piped Piper of Hamelin Choral reading, Readers’ theaterIt combines reading practice, performing and enhances reading skills and confidence.This technique helps readers learn to read aloud with expression. No props areused because the voice provides all of the drama of the story. Monologues, Duos, SketchesDuo: Rick is late.Sketch: Green Ham and Eggs Make believe It is not a break from learning. It is the way children learn. Rumpelstiskin
  20. 20. Pronunciation ActivitiesMr Porter loves his pasta,No one else can eat it faster,Mr. Porter’s sister Rita,buys the pasta by the metre.Mr porter’s older daughterboils it all in tubs of water. English Pronunciation in Use, Mark Hancock, Cambridge University Press
  21. 21. Language Spice Poems The dishes are done. Written with a pen If every parent and every child read a poem a day, their hearts would be lighter, their worlds would be brighter, their minds would soar far, far away (Father Goose)Kenn Nesbitt’s Poetry for kids / funny poetry for children / JOSIE’S POEMS
  22. 22. Language Spice Tongue Twisters To help articulation How many candy cans can a candy canner can If he can can candy cans?Pickled peppers and Betty Botter My friend Gladys Oh, the sadness of her sadness when she is sad. Oh, the gladness of her gladness when she’s glad But the sadness of her sadness, And the gladness of her gladness, Are nothing like her madness when she’s mad! The big black bug bit the big black bear, but the big black bear bit the big black bug back.
  23. 23. Language Spice Jokes/AnectodsRound like a shotGoing to bed the other night, I noticed people in my shed stealing things. I phoned thepolice but was told no one was in the area to help. They said they would send someoneover as soon as possible.I hung up. A minute later, I rang again. ‘Hello’, I said, ‘I called you a minute ago becausethere were people in my shed. You don’t have to hurry now, because I’ve shot them.’Within minutes there were half a dozen police cars in the area, plus helicopters and anarmed response unit. They caught the burglars red-handed.One of the officers said: ‘I thought you said you’d shot them.’To which I replied: ‘I thought you said there was no one available.’ Tony Gladstone
  24. 24. Language Spice HOMONYMS We know knowledge comes through associations knight night packed pact (agreement) pause paws (cats transportation) peal peel (fruit wrapping) leek lick cheeks chicksBBC Learning English ESL Gold Fonetiks
  25. 25. Language Spice Anagrams They ignite the thinking process. Knowledge comes through associations. ape (food word) pea inch (body part) chin cheater (a job word) teacher pills (a food verb) spills present (the species to which the snake belongs) serpent reap (fruit word) pear bowl (a verb meaning strike) blow Mirror pairs Some are precise sound mirrors only, some are spelling but not sound pairs. trap - part , top – pot , dog – god, tip – pit, ten – net, pool – loop, star – rats, live – evil English Pronunciation in Use, Mark Hancock. CUP www.ManyThings.org
  26. 26. Language Spice QuotesI am not young enough to know everything. Oscar WildChildren need love, especially when they do not deserve it. Harold HulbertLittle girls are cute and small only to adults. To one another they are not cute. Margaret Atwood“Those who the gods love grow young” Oscar WildeWomen gather together to wear silly hats, eat dainty food, and forget howunresponsive their husbands are. Men gather to talk sports, eat heavy food, andforget how demanding their wives are. Only where children gather is there any realchance of fun. Mignon McLaughin
  27. 27. Benefits of dynamic and generous storytellingStudents get physical and become active not passive receptors.Creative potential and imaginative thinking is awakened to expressivemeans like props, realia, visual aids, costumes, make up, sets, nonverbal communication, powerpoint, musicStudents become the directors since teachers only make tentativeperformance suggestions.
  28. 28. Benefits of dynamic and generous storytellingThey get a character to hide behind and battle their inhibitionsemerging more self confident.So they acquire a positive self-image of being successful users of thelanguage.They train their memory, a sense of discipline, control and time.Society’s culture, values, principles are passed on.
  29. 29. Telling a story digitally entices multifunctioning kids who see thechallenge of expressing thoughts and messages in pictorial terms.If we create an atmosphere in which stories are valued more in humanterms than in “learning English” terms then indifference disappears.Rapport is spawned as students realise that you think of them aspeople and not just students of English.The story time turns into a shared experience of fun for them toobserve and learn from their classmates, build ties of respect,cooperation, develop their socialization and bring their own personalexperiences in the classroom.
  30. 30. Food for thoughtOur tools and teaching methods bear little resemblance with the onesof last century.The magic of technology has transformed us.Still we complain of our students not focusing. But even Socratescomplained of his students being disrespectful.We know technology is a mixed blessing. A lot is glossed over andinformation is processed rapidly but also superficially.“If we teach today students as we taught yesterday’s we rob them oftomorrow” John Dewey
  31. 31. Bottom lineAnd if some of the previous aims are not achieved, rest assured thatstory telling and the spice technique will help you connect, share andunearth hidden strengths and passions.This approach is not one size fits all. It provides personalization andnurtures creativity.Remember we do not learn a language by pushing buttons. We needto get up, do it, say it and show it.
  32. 32. Where do we find all these? Everywhere. A small sample here.www.worldstories.org.ukwww.storybird.com Tutorials how to use storybird 1, 2, 3www.toolsforeducators.comwww.littlebirdtales.comGoogle :Storyjumper.com(the site allows students to write and illustrate a digital story from scratch)Voicethread, Toondoo (to create strips, cartoons)Teaching English GamesDiscovery Education’s Free Puzzle maker. It is a tool that helps you create andprint customized word searches, puzzles, hidden messages and more

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