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Tales and the Oral Tradition
Tales and the oral tradition
Caroline Tancock
Chapter Objectives
  • to raise awareness of the power of traditional tales
  • to identify how traditional tales can have a positive impact on children's language and reading development
  • to explore the notion that the oral nature of traditional tales can support children with their early literacy development.
This Chapter will Cover:
  • an introduction to the typical characteristics of traditional tales
  • how this particular genre might support children with their language and reading development
  • how oral storytelling can support young literacy learners
  • two case studies to illustrate how tales have been used to motivate and involve children in their use of language and their reading skills.
Traditional Tales

Traditional tales originate from oral storytelling traditions and include a range of narratives, such as myths, legends, ...

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