International Story Telling Conference in Zurich

      Babette Cole

      Babette sets off today for International Story Telling conference in Zurich where she is lecturing and holding workshops.

      13 and 14 September 2013
      Zurich University of Teacher Education

      Story-telling is more than a powerful educational tool – it’s a way of being in the world and experiencing life. Stories make for a lively language classroom, and picture books as well as graphic novels give access to far-away contexts and realms of fantasy.

      «Tell me a story, show me the world» is a two-day event for teachers, teacher trainers and student teachers with a wide variety of workshops and paper presentations. Its purposes are

      • to inspire participants,
      • to share ideas and experiences from research and practice,
      • to tell and listen to a lot of good stories.

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      The aim is for everyone to go home with stories to tell and new ideas to put into practice. There will be more than two dozen workshops and paper presentations to choose from that will provide insights into the state of the art of children’s and young adults’ literature and into new developments in story-related methodology at primary and secondary level. With input from authors, illustrators, storytellers, teachers, researchers and teacher educators, this promises to be an authentic and lively event.

      Keynote speakers

      Each half day of the conference will be opened by a keynote presentation. We have invited renowned researchers/teacher trainers and a popular children’s book author/illustrator to get everybody geared up for the various topics.

      • Jean Brewster, teacher trainer (co-author of The Primary English Teacher’s Guide and Tell it again!)
      • Daniela Elsner, professor at the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Frankfurt
      • Babette Cole, children’s book author and illustrator (Princess Smartypants and other popular picture books)


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