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Storytelling as a Teaching Tool

Do you want to use storytelling and drama techniques to showcase your topic better and dovetail with the students’ learning process? Storytelling is one of the oldest and most effective forms of teaching. A well-told story enables the speaker (lecturer) and the listeners (students) to optimize the learning process by integrating cognition, emotion and imagination in the didactic process. Good storytelling is an art and a skill. A key aspect of this training is the concept of “practical didactics;” the integration of content, form and interaction with students.

Target group Lecturers who would like to use their stories, storytelling and theatre techniques to support and improve their teaching.

Thursday 25 March 2021 (9 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.) & Thursday 15 April 2021 (9 a.m.-4.30 p.m.)

Study load 20-22 hours
Price 600 EUR
Number of participants 6-8 participants
Language Depending on registrations: Dutch/English

This two-day training broadly covers the following topics:

  • The techniques behind the art and skill of storytelling
  • Setup, structure, tension curve, and variation in presentation, teaching and lectures
  • How to use stories, storytelling and drama techniques in your own lessons
  • Translate storytelling techniques to creative modes of instruction in your lessons
  • Strategies to better entertain students and optimize their learning process

You will experiment with various practical-didactic techniques (including professional storytelling and various drama techniques) aimed specifically at large or at small groups. You will learn to play with forms and contact in order to tailor the content to the students' learning needs. There will be ample room for tips and feedback on presentation. The exercises will alternate with brief theoretical explanations and metaphors on the lecturer-student relationship. You will have to conduct a certain amount of independent study before and between the two workshop days.


"This course has helped replace the feeling of 'me against the room' with 'me and my students'. I have freed myself from the isolation that I had created for myself, and now enjoy giving lectures much more."
University Lecturer in Business Administration

The course in making lectures more interesting was an enrichment to me in more than one way. I am a lecturer in Journalism and I have not only learned to better structure the knowledge that I want to convey in my lectures, the tips on how to build up a story have also helped me to explain how a news article should be structured. What's more, I heard some interesting things about how people communicate and I've learned a lot about group and power processes that are relevant both in and outside teaching practice."
Editor at the ANP news agency and lecturer in Journalism

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