Story and tale telling to connect and include more learners

Lisbon (Portugal)



Would you like to participate in this course next school year 2020-2021? Please make a pre-registration so we can keep you informed about this course.

Dates can be subject to change and are only final after official confirmation by the course provider.


  • Collaboration

Local partners organize these international courses in cooperation with Eekhout Academy.

The hosting partner organisation is  ALMADAMUNDO, in cooperation with Eekhout Academy.

Praça Capitães de Abril 2ª-B
2805-111 Almada
PIC 911640533

  • What

“Who am I? What should I do in life? Humans have been asking these questions for time immemorial. What kind of an answer do people expect? In almost all cases, when people ask about the meaning of life, they expect to be told a story that will explain what reality is all about and gives meaning to all my experiences and choices” – Yuval Noah Harari, 2018

Stories and tales are an essential part of being human, being a learner. They also are essential in the education and learning processes.
The openness to tales and stories from different cultures, will help learners from with a migrant background,  learners who come from so called minority cultures or who don’t have cultural-linguistic support at home to incorporate aspects of language, poetry and culture.
The discovery that local tales of each one of us, are part of a global story can  help address diversity and promote ownership of shared values, equality, gender equality social inclusion.

This course helps to promote a comprehensive approach to language teaching and learning and building on the increasing linguistic diversity in schools, by encouraging creative and artistic use of language.
Learners do not always feel at ease when learning languages the traditional way.
The course wants to improve the motivation of those students  by offering collaborative and holistic approaches to teaching and learning. The creative practices applied to narratives have a positive effect on the self-discovery and self-esteem of the learner.

This course is a challenge to the creative capacity of language, it implies (re-)discovering contact with the traditional reality seen as the common root of many cultures.

Therefore, this course provides tools for voice and body language, for narrative creation and tale telling. It provides joy in the creative process and competences (skills and attitudes) that can be used in daily class practice.

– Welcome and icebreaking
– Course presentation, sharing and selecting tales and songs.
– Reflection about common origins of tales from different cultures.
– Relaxing and warming up the voice.
– Formation of groups for tale telling activities with previous selected tales or songs.
– Voice and body language: notions and exercises.
– Exploring memories and narrative activity.
– Voice and body language exercises
– Tale telling experiments and rehearsal.
– Final presentations.
– Certificates and evaluation.

Every course day starts with an activity called ‘Portuguese Greeting’ that leads the participants into the right atmosphere and mood.

During the course there are several outside activities such as exercises in theatre, small performances, trial-out in real life situation…

A course day starts at 09.00 h and ends at 16.00 h, with a break for lunch of 1 h.
On Friday we end at 15.30 h, allowing participants to catch the last airplane.

The first and last evening, the participants have the opportunity to join a cultural programme, welcome supper and farewell supper.

During the course week, there is a free period for personal reflection and transfer exercises and a voluntary cultural activity.

  • Understand the concepts of story and tale telling;
  • Be able to see common origins in tales;
  • Be able to use to the common origin of tales to improve the inclusion in educational processes;
  • Understand how story and tale telling can connect and include more learners in education;
  • Develop the ability to embrace, describe and express through words, tales, voice and body what the parts of one’s identity are;
  • Be able to enhance inclusion of learners by using story and tale telling didactics;
  • Be able to apply relax and warm up exercise of the voice;
  • Be able to use voice and body language to tell stories and tales;
  • Feel the joy of creating using language;
  • Be able to design a lesson using the story and tale telling didactics,
  • Improved competence of the use of  colloquial English,
  • Use of working methods of cooperative learning to have more effective meetings,
  • Improved knowledge of other European educational systems,
  • Improved insight of differences and similarities between European countries, resulting in a better understanding and respect,
  • Use of interactive and participative working methods in order to achieve better teaching and/or have more effective meetings.



The course is organized in the conference room of AlmadaMundo and the participants stay in a delightful 4 starhotel, both  located at the South Bank of the river Tejo in Lisbon. (12 km from Lisbon airport).
There is a very easy access from the airport. Public transport and taxis provide fast connection from and to Lisbon centre.


– We offer a flexible cost structure, allowing you to select the package that fits best your personal or school situation.
– For a detailed explanation, have a look at our ‘Cost Structure‘.


– You can request an Erasmus Plus grant from your national agency which will cover almost all costs of this course.
– We can guide you through the process of funding and application. To do so, you need the make a pre-registration.
– After pre-registration, we’ll contact you by mail and provide the application help.


– There is a taxi service at the airport that can drive you to the hotel.
– It’s particularly difficult to leave Lisbon between 16:30 and 19:00 h and to enter Lisbon between 08:30 and 10:30 h.


– You can take the metro located at exit of the arrival hall of the airport and leave the metro at the terminus station Cais do Sodré.
– The Aerobus is another good way to travel from and to the airport. The Aerobus provides a connection between the airport and Cais do Sodré. ·
– At the station of Cais do Sodre, you can take a ticket for the ferry boat to Cacilhas (south bank of River Tejo). During working hours, there is a crossing every 15 minutes. The ferry takes 12 minutes to arrive on the other side of the river.
– At Cacilhas you can take a taxi or tram for the remaining 5 km.


– A rental car is not so expensive. Sharing a rental car with 3 other people for all transport during the course, can be cheaper than relying on a taxi.
– The airport is connected directly to the hotel by the Ring of Lisbon and the North-South Connection (Eixo Norte – Sul).
– Crossing the bridge, you have a marvellous view on Lisbon, the estuary and both banks of the River Tejo.
– Bring or rent a GPS.
– Check the prices of rental cars on the Internet.

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