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Oral Storytelling - The Transformation of Children's Written Stories



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Storytelling has important functions in primary education, and selections of children's stories are often the basis of storytelling. In accordance with the characteristics of oral storytelling and children’s listening ability, the written stories must be modified and restructured to be told smoothly. This paper takes children's stories as the focus material, proposing the means by which to turn written stories into spoken stories from two perspectives: text structure and language applications. The findings reveal that the transformation of text structure is manifested in two principal ways, first, from a narrative perspective by converting the first-person narrative into the third person; and second, in terms of the story's structure by applying chronological narrative conventions to maintain a complete structure and linearity; making additions and deletions according to the theme, and grasping the primary and secondary plot. Language application is manifested in three aspects: first, in giving priority to the narrator's language which is supplemented by dialogue, using a "direct quotation" after an initial description in the discursive mode; second, in formulating appropriate narratives and descriptions; and, third, by utilizing simple and natural language.