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More than words: Narrator engagement during storytelling increases children’s word learning, story comprehension, and on-task behavior

Lenhart, Jan ; Lenhard, Wolfgang ; Vaahtoranta, Enni ; Suggate, Sebastian


Reading stories to children fosters their language development. An approach rarely investigated is narrators telling stories without reading from text (i.e., oral storytelling). Oral storytelling may differ from more commonly employed read-aloud approaches in terms of language complexity and the opportunity to regulate the storytelling process via attention-guiding behavior, such as eye contact ...


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