MANILA, Philippines - Storytelling is an age-old tradition common among all cultures, stemming from the human love for stories, the ideas they convey, and the emotions they elicit.
Today, storytelling is a helpful instructional tool for teachers and a bonding activity for parents and their children. It is also a tried and tested crowd-drawer at the Manila International Book Fair, which showcases a host of storytelling activities again this year, as it returns to the SMX Convention Center on Sept. 14-18 for its 32nd year of promoting books and reading.
Rich Rodriguez, president of Alitaptap Storytellers Philippines, gives some storytelling pointers for parents, teachers, and even students joining storytelling competitions:
* CHOOSE YOUR MATERIAL. The material should be suitable for your target audience. "Books usually indicate the age group that they are most ideal for," Rodriguez states. "As for choosing between English or Filipino for your medium, it depends on your objective, if you wish to improve your audience's skills in either language. The language you use will also depend on the kids' comprehension level."
* ANYONE CAN TELL A STORY. Young or old, storytelling is an art anyone can participate in. Anyone who wants to promote literacy can tell a story.
* STORYTELLING IS NOT JUST READING ALOUD. Storytelling can be dynamic and engaging. "I consider it a performing art, since I put acting and singing in the storytelling sessions I conduct," Rodriguez explains. "It is an active experience where you can be part of the story you are reading."
* SMILE. Smiling is the first step of building rapport with your audience, and will convey the connection …