Storytelling in Foreign Language Teaching in Waldorf Schools
Successfully design your own curriculum for any level.
Learn how to apply highly interactive storytelling techniques into your everyday teaching.
Teaching & Learning foreign languages can be both exhilarating and daunting. Students are excited to learn in the beginning, until at some point, their willingness and wakefulness start to diminish. Teachers work extra hours in hopes to develop an interesting lesson that will stick to their students’ minds… or not.
Waldorf education is a holistic way of teaching, addressing the human being in its totality. An awareness as to how our thinking, feeling and doing are interrelated at each stage of life allows Waldorf teachers to develop a curriculum that supports the child’s inner development.
Back in 2003, when I first started teaching Spanish at Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm in California, I felt lost. The traditional methods of teaching made no sense to me, especially since I was a trained Waldorf teacher. Rudolf Steiner, Austrian philosopher and founder of Waldorf education in 1919, did not give many indications regarding how to teach foreign languages.
About the author
Was born and raised in Mexico City in the sixties. She completed her studies in Biochemical Engineering there, and after becoming a mother of two boys, she discovered Waldorf Education.
In 1995, she took her first Waldorf teacher training at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California. Nora worked at the Cuernavaca Waldorf School in Mexico for several years. In 2003, she moved to the USA with her family, where she has been teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm, in the Lower, Middle, and High School level.
In 2006, she discovered the storytelling teaching methods, and has been successfully using these techniques in a Waldorf setting since 2007.
Lately, she has been mentoring new language teachers and is still happily teaching in the High School.
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