UNS – It has long been acknowledged that English is the most important language to learn due to that sources of information are mostly written in English. Those were remarks of Hamish Lokhu, a speaker in an international seminar entitled “The Power of Storytelling & Debating in ELT”, hosted by English Education Department of Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) on Monday (13/2/2017).
On account of the importance of English, teachers nowadays need to comprehend methods for English Language Teaching (ELT) such as storytelling and debating. Those were expounded by four speakers at the seminar: Hamish Lokhu, Shalia McCall, Olivia Kinney, and Quin Nelson. Teachers are expected to be capable of keeping up with the development of educational field, as Munawir, the Vice Dean of Teacher Training and Education Faculty (FKIP) UNS , suggested in his opening speech.
“Teachers are demanded to comprehend global knowledge because the development of educational field is getting highly more competitive. Through this seminar, which is part of endeavour for UNS to be World Class University, we are hoping for acceptable scientific writings for international journals,” Munawir said.
Hamish Loku explained that through storytelling, students can enrich their vocabulary. Associating storytelling with public speaking, Shalia McCall suggested that students must have confidence.
“A big part of storytelling is entertainment, and to entertain you really need to be comfortable on stage. That’s the main part of being confident,” McCall explained.
As to students’ confidence, Olivia Kinney considered that it can be improved by having them talk to each other before having mini debate in front of others. Furthermore, Quin Nelson added that students must also be confident in debating activities. He gave suggestions for teachers regarding students’ confidence.
“I’d like you to think about your job as teachers as creating really positive, encouraging environment for the students. Debate is really powerful because students can express themselves,” Nelson concluded. (Eleonora Padmasta/Dty)