June 11, 2011

Idea: Storytelling To Celebrate Cultural Diversity

From http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think

Many of us work with groups of students from more than one cultural background while others teach largely monoculture groups of students. In both cases, there is opportunity to celebrate diversity through the telling of traditional tales, whatever the age group and profile of our students. Folk tales from all cultures have universal themes and at the same time tell us about specific features that can illuminate and alter our perception of those other cultures, often through metaphor.

Read the full article for ideas for using folk tales and find resources for English-language folk tales at http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/articles/storytelling-celebrate-cultural-diversity

1 comment:

  1. I taught multi-cultural literature for a number of years and felt that lessons in diversity needed to begin at a younger age. So, I've written a children's book, The Lost Mermaid~A Shem Creek Moonlight Jamboree, a mythical tale that sensitizes children to a variety of marine life while also teaching about the dangers of judging others by language or appearance. It's a brilliantly colored illustrated children's book and an effective tool for teaching diversity. Jan DiRuzzo, www.lilythelostmermaid.com


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