Using storytelling to raise literacy standards

From the 14th to the 23rd of November 2018, Dr Chris Smith, Director of Storytelling Schools TM, in collaboration with the National Literacy Agency, delivered whole school day training sessions in storytelling to over 300 primary school educators in nine schools: Marsaxlokk, St Thomas More College; Għarb, Kerċem, San Lawrenz and Żebbuġ, Gozo College; Qormi SG, St Ignatius College; Pietà, San Ġorġ Preca College; Gżira, St Clare College, and Dingli, St Nicholas College.

This training in storytelling is part of a three-day training course aimed at training and mentoring local educators in the Storytelling Schools TM methodology, an innovative way of raising teaching, and learning literacy standards across the curriculum using storytelling.

Storytelling Schools TM is a dynamic and powerful method for teaching literacy, combining oracy, creativity and the teaching of writing into a single, whole school method.   When students learn storytelling skills, they are able to gain in confidence and fluency in spoken language, and raise standards of reading and writing.

The schools involved in the pilot project will be mentored by Maltese trainers in implementing this method with their students as one of their methods for teaching English and Maltese, throughout the rest of the scholastic year.