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ERIC Number: ED018271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 52
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Reference Count: 0
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THE HUMAN CONNECTION--LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE.
MARTIN, BILL, JR.
THE AUTHOR CHARACTERIZES THIS BULLETIN AS A MESSAGE ON LANGUAGE. THE MESSAGE IS FACILITATED BY (1) A FLUID AND IMAGINATIVE USE OF TYPESETTING, (2) A NARRATIVE-FORM STORY, AND (3) A STORY-PLOT THAT INVOLVES SEVERAL LANGUAGE PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS. ALTHOUGH THE STORY COMPRISES THE ENTIRE BULLETIN, THE PURPOSE OF THE BULLETIN IS NOT JUST TO TELL A STORY. ITS PURPOSE, IN PART, IS TO ILLUSTRATE THE DIFFICULTIES LANGUAGE CAN CREATE AND THE BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF YOURSELF AND OTHERS THAT THE PROPER USE OF LANGUAGE CAN PROVIDE. LANGUAGE, AS COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PEOPLE, CAN BE EITHER A SOURCE OF UNDERSTANDING OR OF ALIENATION. THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER IN THE STORY STRUGGLES WITH TURNING HER INITIAL ALIENATION FROM A STRONG-WILLED LITTLE BOY INTO UNDERSTANDING OF HIS INDIVIDUAL PERSONALITY. BY DISCUSSING THE PROBLEM WITH THE PRINCIPAL, WITH OTHER TEACHERS AT A TEACHERS' MEETING, AND WITH HERSELF, SHE COMES TO UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE THE BOY'S ABILITIES AND, AT THE SAME TIME, HER OWN LACK OF INSIGHT. SOON SHE IS ABLE TO CHANNEL THE BOY'S INDIVIDUAL STRENGTHS TO THE BENEFIT OF ALL. THE STORY POINTS OUT THAT LANGUAGE AS A MEDIUM OF COMMUNICATION IS ONLY EFFECTIVE WHEN THE LISTENER LISTENS CAREFULLY. THE IMPORT OF THE COMMUNICATION OFTEN GOES BEYOND THE SPOKEN WORD. ANOTHER LESSON THE STORY INTRODUCES IS THE GREAT NEED FOR FLEXIBLE, CREATIVE, AND IMAGINATIVE INSTRUCTION IN GUIDING CHILDREN'S LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT. THE VERBAL CHARACTERISTICS OF CHILDREN ARE AS DIFFERENT AS THEIR SOCIAL PERSONALITIES. INTERACTION BETWEEN LANGUAGE AND EXPERIENCE IS AN AREA OF LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION THAT NEEDS MORE EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION IN ALL ASPECTS OF TEACHING. THIS DOCUMENT IS AVAILABLE FROM THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, 1201 SIXTEENTH STREET, N.W., WASHINGTON, D.C. 20036 FOR $1.50. (WD)
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Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.
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