Séminaire de perfectionnement professionnel
Landcommanderij Alden Biesen, Kasteelstraat 6, 3740 Bilzen, Belgium
Réseaux et organisations de formation des adultes
Storytelling and narrative teaching approaches are known to help improve verbal and communication skills in the mother tongue and/or in a foreign language. It also impacts imagination, creativity, social and civic competences, values, intercultural understanding, cultural awareness and expression.
But specifically for adult education, introducing storytelling techniques offers a set of tools for inclusion. Storytelling offers bottom-up narrative art, it creates a community of co-creation, it facilitates to hear and to be heard, it lowers the threshold to art, it stimulates a constructivist meaning making process, it helps create metaphors to by-pass the unspeakable… Stories are heritage, they are gateways to heritage and to other cultures.
o to strengthen a sense of identity and community,
o to raise adults’ motivation for learning
o to improve social and cultural participation of migrants, newcomers, refugees, socially deprived groups
o to stimulate the intercultural dialogue
o as a vehicle for the inter-generational dialogue
The first part of the course pays attention to the telling of stories, tackling elements such as to tell in narrative structures, to use appropriate language, to add description, dialogue, contrast, repetition; switch to different times, places, characters; play with rhythm, silence, humour, tension …
The second part offers a methodological approach for using storytelling in adult learning. Here the focus is on techniques to connect people, empower people, revive memories, develop language, translate science, unlock heritage....
Storytelling in the Secondary Classroom is an international course and caters for secondary teachers from all over Europe. The course takes place in Alden Biesen, a European centre for storytelling and the seat of FEST (Federation for European Storytelling). Links with FEST and the national storytelling scene in each participant country will be highlighted.
One slot at the course will be dedicated to local (national) teaching and learning situations by the participants.
To encourage further cooperation between the participants, one slot will be dedicated on how to set up a KA2 ERASMUS+ international cooperation project between schools.
Acquis d'apprentissage escomptés:
Search and find story material
(e.g. search in the library, surf on the internet, take over from others, find different versions…)
(Re)construct and adapt story material
(i.e. prepare the ‘material’: determine the story bones; define time, space and characters; customise stories to a given theme …)
Master narrative and language
(e.g. tell in narrative structures, expand your vocabulary, use appropriate language, adjust language to age or target group …)
Master oral storytelling techniques
(e.g. make a captivating start and a lasting end, build up to a climax; add description, dialogue, contrast, repetition; switch to different times, places, characters; play with rhythm, silence, humour, tension …)
(imagine, conceive, envision; concretise and realise ideas; make artistic choices; scrape, shave and polish; construct new material…)
Guide storytelling exercises and assignments
(e.g. give clear instructions; work in small logical steps, adjust level and pace; provide clear and constructive feedback; give room to repeat and improve …)
Master applied storytelling techniques
(e.g. techniques to connect people, empower people, revive memories, develop language, translate science, unlock heritage...)
Reconnaissance / certificat de participation et/ou des acquis d'apprentissage:
The small number of participants (max. 15) will allow for a daily roundup and feedback session. Most exercises will include a form of presentation or ‘performance’ open to peer feedback.
The clear competence description will also allow for a clear learning outcome evaluation at the end of the course.
At the end the course will be evaluated (organisational matters & content) by the organisers in the light of a next edition.