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Kono folktale and its relevance in teaching language arts (English) in primary school

Author Affiliations

  • 1Language Education Department, Milton Margai College of Education and Technology, Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa

Res. J.Educational Sci., Volume 8, Issue (1), Pages 1-5, August,1 (2020)


This research work attempts to experiment the use of Oral Literature (folktale) to teach Language Arts (English). The focus is to investigate the relevance of Kono folktale in teaching Language Arts (English) in primary schools in Sierra Leone. To accomplish the objectives set for this work, a tale was selected, recorded in Kono and later translated into English. On analyzing the data I discovered that folktales are relevant resource materials for teaching Language Arts in primary schools. The aspect of oral language skills, phonemic awareness, vocabulary development and the concept of comprehension and critical thinking can be enhanced through this approach. Through this, a holistic approach can be used to teach Language Arts, rather than the usual fragmented approach of teaching the various strands of Language Arts. The success of this approach hinges on the readily accessibility of the teaching and learning materials, which are culturally friendly to the learner, as the tale belongs to the community.


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