Anna B. Witte
Introduction to the theory and practice of storytelling in Spanish. Helps prepare the Spanish language teacher for the classroom. Focuses on the improvement of presentation skills, creativity, and the integration of story in the (second) language classroom.
CREATIVE STORYTELLING IN SPANISH
Anna Witte, Ph.D. Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
Introduction to the theory and practice of storytelling in Spanish. This course approaches Spanish language fiction (short story, folktale and poetry) from the storytellerís viewpoint. Students will learn how to analyze the content, style and tone of a story in view of its retelling in front of an audience of peers. We will focus as well on the improvement of pronunciation and enunciation, on honing overall presentation skills, and on developing a personal voice as a storyteller.
1. The student will learn to present stories (short fiction and folktale) and poetry in Spanish in an effective manner. Guidelines will be given for honing delivery skills with a focus on the use of voice and body, and on the perfection of enunciation and pronunciation, as well as vocabulary and syntax.
2. The student will learn to identify and work with the essential building blocks of what makes a great story: Anecdote, plot development, the art of raising questions, the balance between action and reflection, and the compelling character.
3. The student who plans to work with children will learn about ways to use stories in a classroom, home, or public setting. Some classroom activities will involve experiences that enhance whole language teaching practices and concepts that correlate the functions of story content with the teaching of selected skills.
4. The student who plans to work with adults will study how adults learn and examine the special issues involved in reaching adult listeners.
a. Understand fundamental approaches to storytelling technique based on the reading, analysis and presentation of stories from the rich body of Spanish and Latin American short fiction, folklore as well as childrenís literature.
b. Understand the challenges of the storyteller of identifying great stories
c. Heighten awareness of social and cultural content of stories
d. Develop stronger Spanish speaking, listening and writing skills
1. Selecting a story and making it your own: Stories will be selected through personal research as well as from a variety of stories drawn from Spanish folklore and literature.
2. Story content and the construction of cultural identity: Stories will be analyzed regarding the psychological, cultural and ethical values they represent.
3. Oral delivery skills will be taught through class exercises.
Student learning goals
Understand fundamental approaches to storytelling technique based on the reading, analysis and presentation of stories from the rich body of Spanish and Latin American short fiction, folklore as well as childrenís literature.
Understand the challenges of the storyteller of identifying great stories
Heighten awareness of social and cultural content of stories
Develop stronger Spanish speaking, listening and writing skills
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Folktale reading 10% Detailed critical oral response to two readings (assigned by instructor)5% Storytelling exercise I 10% Storytelling exercise II 20% Critical oral responses to two presentations (assigned by instructor) 5% Written story analysis and storytelling proposal in preparation for final presentation of story 15%
Presentation of story before an audience of peers 35%