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Pilot Activity Re: The “Artist Within” 2nd Training “Storytelling and cartoons” Potenza, Italy

Leaders: Elisabeth Blunck, Sophie Bouchbouk Target group: participants of a german class and teachers of the german language Activity: one-dayworkshop as part of the german class Important information: We were not allowed to take pictures of the resident of the asylum seekers home, so the photos just show them from behind.

Target group and aims We did the pilot action within the framework of a “normal” german class, which is one of the german classes I (Eli) give together with two colleagues in an asylum seekers shelter. We did it with the advanced class, because the aim of the workshop respectively the testing of the methodologies was to train the free speech of the participants. The participants are women from different countries with different educations backgrounds. Our target group was composed of the participants of the german class and three of my colleagues, who also study “german as a foreign language”. So we had two different aims: # for the participants of the german class: being able to create a story in german language; being able to tell that story using the storyboard; being able to create and (re-)tell a story by using a disorganized storyboard, which was created by another group; being able to speak free. # for the colleagues: getting to know the methodologies of storytelling and storyboard


Copyright Recipients are free to use all or parts of this document for personal use however are requested to inform the author. Recipients are requested to acknowledge The artist within – Applied eMOTION consortium and the author in any reference to the content of this document. In the event of any further queries please consult the author. Acknowledgements This project was possible with the financial support from the Erasmus+ program. The methodological resources and inspiration came from the The artist within – Applied eMOTION long-term adult education project (www.theartistwithin.eu). The generosity from the fund and these organisations is much appreciated.


Description of the activity After introducing Sophie to the class and explaining the “The artist within”-project, we gave a short introduction to the methodologies of storytelling in general and the use of a storyboard. Then we explained the task to create an own story including storyboard, which should include 3 – 6 pictures. We divided the group into three groups with two or three people. After a working-phase (creating story and storyboard) the groups had to change storyboards. Now the task was to use these unfamiliar pictures to create a story and organize the pictures accordingly to this story. For the presentation of the stories we pinned the pictures of the storyboards on the blackboard and first every group had to tell the story they had to make up by using the pictures of another group. After that we had to re-arrange some pictures for the “right” stories the groups created. They told their story and explained their storyboard.


Results and reflection concerning the used methodology The methodology was new to the participants of the language class, but they were very open to it and appreciated the new exercise. We did not pay too much effort to the quality of the pictures, but to the use of free speech. Storytelling (including storyboard) is a good way to initiate free speech in a creative way. In language class it can be difficult to find authentic occasions to train talking in the foreign language. With this methodology the participants get the chance to express themselves in a very creative way. This time the stories were not too long and complicated – because of the lack of time and because it was the first time we tried this in class. Now the women know it and I guess we will create longer and more personal stories, when we use storytelling again. Despite the pictures were only sketches, the groups did a really good job making up a story using the unfamiliar storyboard. I added this idea to the methodology, because it offered another occasion for free speech – and it was much fun! I think, storytelling can be used in language classes, when it comes to train free speech and for relaxation after a hard grammar topic. Not at least because you need certain grammar to tell a story, for instance: prepositions, vocabulary, different tenses (we just did the german “Perfekt”, which was perfectly practised during this workshop). We did not adapt the whole animation-stuff in that pilot action, because we did not feel able to explain “flash” appropriately. And because the process of animating did not seem too useful for the language class. The aim of the workshop was to introduce the methodology to my colleagues, to provide a new creative technique to train free speech, which is also fun and gives the participants of the class an opportunity to express themselves in german. Because most of the vocabulary, grammar and useful phrases they want to learn are related to every-day-live or the language of public authorities. With this methodology we give them the chance to think outside of this “utility”-box and use the german language to create a (personal) story and describe feelings. I think I will definitely use this methodology again in other classes.

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local pilot activity on behalf of Theater Vision e.V. in the frame of the european project "The Artist Within - Applied Emotion" Erasmus plu...

local pilot activity storytelling Leipzig  

local pilot activity on behalf of Theater Vision e.V. in the frame of the european project "The Artist Within - Applied Emotion" Erasmus plu...

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