Folklore and folktales, in particular, bring a holistic approach to teaching and learning language. Through stories, children acquire more than just language. They will have the opportunities to hear and use language in meaningful, engaging ways. Story-based teaching helps children develop an appreciation as well as an enjoyment of literature and supports the development of literacy and oral skills at the same time. Children learning through folktales can also develop their imagination and to make use of their creativity. They learn about negotiations and life values through the interactions and behaviour of characters. With these, the children will learn about their own social and cultural values which will enhance the development of their emotions and self-concept as they question it, think about it, and choose what to act.
This workshop will introduce and allow the participants to explore folktales relating to the Malay culture. Participants will also learn techniques and strategies of storytelling using the folktales that define emotional literacy and identify activities that build “feeling vocabularies.”