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Storytelling for diverse voices
When we share a folk story from a minority culture, students with roots in that culture sense that they are included and their heritages are esteemed. Through storytelling students grow in resilience and self-esteem, find their own unique voices, feel encouraged to tell their own personal stories and develop as autonomous learners.
In this inclusive workshop, you will:
- respond creatively to a folk story told by David and share folk stories you know
- consider how teachers telling stories from their students’ heritage cultures can lead to students themselves sharing stories in and outside school
- discover more about the concept of learner autonomy and about storytelling as an appropriate tool to implement this concept through the example of a project Alla Göksu has initiated at IGS Kronsberg, a secondary school with a culturally diverse student population in Hannover, Germany
- learn about the impact storytelling can have on school students from diverse cultural and social backgrounds with different abilities and dispositions towards learning
- find out how storytelling can initiate a self-determined learning process among these students and develop their skills as autonomous learners

Jan 24, 2020 12:00 PM in London

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David Heathfield and Alla Göksu
Storytelling for Diverse Voices
David Heathfield is a freelance storyteller, teacher and teacher trainer. He is the author of Storytelling With Our Students: Techniques for Telling Tales from Around the World and Spontaneous Speaking: Drama Activities for Confidence and Fluency, both published by DELTA Publishing. He is a member of The Creativity Group. Alla Göksu enjoys teaching students from diverse cultural heritages and with different dispositions towards learning at a comprehensive school in Lower Saxony, Germany. She is a member of the school leadership team, an expert in learner autonomy and has been a speaker at IATEFL and Nordic Conferences.