Storytellers are spreading the word about how the oral tradition can revive the jaded speaking and listening skills of television-and-video-attuned children.
Storytelling in Education, a poster-style document to be launched by the Society for Storytelling tomorrow, promotes the telling of stories in the classroom to stimulate imagination and language skills.
As concern grows that children reared on television are starting school with increasingly poor listening skills (TES, March 8), the society's spokeswoman Mary Medlicott believes the ancient art is due for a classroom comeback. "An astonishing number of children never hear a story told during their years at school," she said. "Children are fully capable of listening and learning when you present them with the richness and diversity of the oral tradition. "
Other professional storytellers who have contributed to Storytelling in Education include Hema Achraya, Fiona Collins, Graham Langley, Marion Oughton and Rob Parkinson, who all work regularly in schools. Other contributors include Harold Rosen, emeritus professor at London University's Institute of Education and Jane Hislam, lecturer in primary English at Leicester University.
Storytelling in Education is free from the Society for Storytelling, PO Box 2344, Reading RG6 7FG