The language that students learn in the classroom is the tool that they use to shape their thoughts and ideas. It is more than a way of exchanging information and extending ideas, it is their means of reaching out and connecting with other people. Stories can link not only the world of classroom and home but also the classroom and other things beyond. Stories provide a common thread that can help unite cultures and provide a bridge across the cultural gap.
Children have innate love for stories and stories create magic and a sense of wonder in the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Storytelling is a unique way for the students to develop an understanding, respect and appreciation for other cultures, and can promote a positive attitude to people from different lands, races and religions.
As a part of the CCA activity, the upper primary students of WGS were encouraged to present stories in their respective second language. Themes like, ‘Love can overcome all obstacles’, ‘Survival- Nature versus human’ were given for the presentation of their stories.
Students enthusiastically took part in the same and presented their stories not only in Hindi and Kannada but also in French and Sanskrit. The judges of the intra and the inter house competitions were enthralled. Students were judged on various parameters like language use, confidence and presentation. Our judges Ms. Amruta, Ms. Ramya B.G, Ms Smita Mishra and Ms. Rashmi CR had a tough time deciding the winners.
However, to us, all participants are winners.