What is the course about?
On this course you will work with an ESOL tutor, a professional storyteller, a radio producer and the creator of Empathy Museum to make a digital recording of an event or part of your life. Your story will form part of a wider project run by the Empathy Museum called ‘ A Mile in My Shoes’ in which listeners walk (literally) in a pair of shoes owned by the storyteller while listening to the owner’s story. Due to the lockdown conditions, the listeners will have picture of your shoes instead. After hearing your digital story, the listeners will send you comments about how they felt about your story. You will then have an opportunity to respond to the different comments you receive and write your reflections on how these comments make you feel. Your written reflections will form part of a final public exhibition in summer 2021.
Storytelling is a fantastic way of developing your English including your pronunciation, expression, grammar. listening skills and writing skills, Each week you will focus on a different theme and work on stories about these themes. And these will act as models to help you create your own story. The actual course will last 10 weeks but you will also need to be available after that to work with the digital recorders who develop your story. And also some time in the Spring to work on your reflections to listeners’ comments.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• active listening – how to listen to a story and what to listen for
• identifying a theme in a story
• introducing a story
• how to improve a story – telling and re-telling
• the grammar of stories – verb tenses, modals, conditionals
• using your voice – projecting, expressing, rhythm
• structuring a story
• ending a story
• writing reflections.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• produce an engaging 10 minute digital story about an aspect of your life
• write honestly and clearly about your feelings and thoughts
• understand and identify the implications of written reflections
• listen actively to identify themes and details
• create an attention-grabbing introduction to a story
• create a story with a theme
• identify how to improve a story by telling and re-telling
• use the grammar of stories effectively– verb tenses, modals, conditionals
• use your voice to keep the listener’s attention– projecting, expressing, rhythm
• structure a story effectively
• end a story in a meaningful way.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course level is for ESOL Level 1-Level 2 students (B2-C1) who want to develop all areas of their English but in particular speaking and expressing yourself. You will need to be willing to share your stories, help others students with theirs and have your stories published on different social media. You will need to have access to a digital device, preferably two e.g. a laptop and smartphone, plus microphone, camera and also ear- or headphones.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This will be a dynamic and interactive course with lots of practice. You will do pairwork and groupwork and learn
from other students as well as the teacher. There will be quite a lot of work to do outside the classroom and you need to be able to be in touch with the college through to September 2021. You will work with an ESOL tutor, storyteller, radio producer and members of Empathy Museum.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need at least one digital device plus microphone, camera and also ear- or headphones. A4 paper and a file is also needed. Ideally you will have two digital devices to help with the recording, but this is not essential.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
• ESOL Pronunciation Stage 1 (level 1-2)
• ESOL and making podcasts: pronunciation, presentation, expression (level 1-2)
• ESOL and singing: sing your way to better English (entry 3 - level 2)
• ESOL and reading stories: vocabulary, discussion, critique (level 2)ESOL and film: discussion, expression, critical writing (level 1-2)
• English dialogue: speaking, listening, pronunciation, performance (level 1-2)
• ESOL: Develop your listening skills (level 1)
• Matters of opinion (level 2).