IJLLL 2018 Vol.4(3): 188-197 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2018.4.3.173

Developing Conversation Skills Through Storytelling Genres

Damian P. Lucantonio
Abstract—The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the role that storytelling genres can play in developing children’s conversation skills. The paper forms part of a broader research project that describes the development of conversation skills of two, pre-school children for whom English is a foreign language (EFL). Drawing on the theoretical framework of systemic functional linguistics [1], [2], [3], in particular genre theory [4], [5], [6], storytelling genres that commonly occur in casual conversation [8], [9], [10], [11] that have been constructed by the two children, are described in terms of their different social purposes and their different generic structures. In this paper, data from two of the storytelling genres, narrative and exemplum, are analyzed, illustrating how the children develop oral communication skills by recognizing the different purposes of the storytelling genres, and by organizing the information in their own stories in different ways to speak for different purposes. The implications of the research are then discussed with relevance to linguistics and language education.

Index Terms—Children, conversation skills, genre, systemic functional linguistics, storytelling.

Damian P. Lucantonio is with University of Electro-Communications, Japan (e-mail: damian@bunka.uec.ac.jp).

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Cite:Damian P. Lucantonio, "Developing Conversation Skills Through Storytelling Genres," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 188-197, 2018.

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