ERIC Number: ED222070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
The Interdisciplinary Mini-Course: Instructional Development for Language Classes.
Wilkins, Wynona H.; Boswau, Herbert H.
Curricula for interdisciplinary courses that enable second language classes to employ the arts are proposed. At the University of North Dakota, mini-courses provide one-semester credit and are given for 2 hours 1 day a week over a period of 8 weeks. Some of the courses are cross-listed with other departments. Two of these courses, Joan of Arc and German Heritage in America, are discussed in detail, showing how the mini-course can be adapted to different kinds of subject matter and resources. The study of Joan of Arc is especially suited to an interdisciplinary minicourse because of the many facets involved: history, literature, music, cinema and theater, visual arts, and theology and psychology. Students review different versions of the study of Joan of Arc; places and people associated with the story; political and economic conditions in France; and literature, music, and drama portraying her story. French majors may read materials about her life in the French version. The German heritage course is limited in scope to German-speaking immigrants to North America. Attention is directed to the origin of the immigrants, time and place of arrival and settlement, their numbers and relation to similar groups, their impact on American life, their diversity, and the contributions of a number of prominent individuals. This mini-course has appealed to a cross section of students, many of whom have family ties to German-speaking immigrants. Some students have found the course a complement to required coursework in German. These offerings have provided students exposure to multicultural subjects that they might not otherwise have studied. (SW)
Descriptors: Biographies, College Credits, College Curriculum, Cultural Background, Cultural Education, Fine Arts, Foreign Countries, Foreign Culture, Foreign Language Books, French, German, German Literature, Higher Education, History, Immigrants, Interdisciplinary Approach, Literature, Minicourses, Second Language Learning
Not available separately; see FL 013 228.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Austria; Germany; Joan of Arc; University of North Dakota
Note: Paper presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Louisville, KY, April 22-24, 1982). In: ESL and the Foreign Language Teacher.