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ERIC Number: ED016647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Oct
Pages: 14
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Reference Count: 0
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ON TEACHING ARCELLANA'S "THE MATS".
ANDERSON, TOMMY R.
FRANCISCO ARCELLANA'S "THE MATS," LIKE ANY WELL-CONSTRUCTED SHORT STORY, CAN SERVE AS AN IMPORTANT TEACHING DEVICE IN GUIDING STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE LEARNING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE, TO READ WITH UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATION, THE TECHNIQUES OF CONVERTING VERBALS BACK INTO VERBS, REPLACING ALL PRONOUNS WITH THEIR ANTECEDENTS IN PARALLEL CONSTRUCTION, AND ANALYZING FUNCTION WORDS CAN SIMULTANEOUSLY IMPLEMENT LANGUAGE RECOGNITION AND REVEAL THE AUTHOR'S CONTROLLED PURPOSES. A LOOK AT SHORT STORY WRITING TECHNIQUES--THE PLACE THE MATS OCCUPY AT THE OUTSET, THE HEIGHTENING TENSION AS THEY ARE OPENED, AND THE WAYS THEIR COLORS AND MOTIFS REVEAL CHARACTER AND THEME--WILL HELP THE STUDENTS UNDERSTAND "THE MATS" AS WELL AS TEACH THEM WHAT IS INVOLVED IN ANALYZING FUTURE STORIES. THE TEACHER SHOULD DEVELOP ONLY THAT BACKGROUND INFORMATION ESSENTIAL TO FULL APPRECIATION OF THE STORY--THE EFFECT SPANISH MARRIAGE CUSTONS HAVE ON THE CENTRAL IMPORTANCE OF THE NUPTIAL MAT AND THE TELLTALE SYMPTONS SIGNALLING THE FATHER'S ENCROACHING INSANITY. AFTER THE STORY HAS BEEN DISCUSSED THOROUGHLY, DIVERGENT WRITTEN QUESTIONS CAN BE ASSIGNED TO DISCLOSE HOW MUCH THE STUDENTS HAVE UNDERSTOOD OF WHAT THEY HAVE READ. (THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN "THE MANILA SECONDARY TEACHERS ENGLISH QUARTERLY," VOL. 17, NOS. 3-4, JULY-OCTOBER 1967.) (JB)
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Authoring Institution: Association of Manila Secondary Teachers of English (Philippines).
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