ERIC Number: ED225150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
International Development Education in the English Classroom.
Chamberlin, John; Harder, John
International development education in the English classroom might consist of the critical analysis of print-media coverage of events in the Third World and the reading of fiction written by Third World authors. An integration of both activities requires a theoretical framework that would affirm the usefulness of the discipline's pursuits in language study and in the reading of literature and that would also offer interrelated theories of both the mass media and of artistic, imaginative fiction. Such a theoretical structure is provided in two works by Herbert Marcuse: "One-Dimensional Man" and "The Aesthetic Dimension." These two books offer a convincing explanation of the complacent, consumerist attitudes of so many students and also a rationale for the potential that the study of language and literature has to change those attitudes. Two analytical methodologies in particular are available for teaching students the skills needed for critiquing the language of news coverage: general semantics and sign theory. A sign theory diagram offers a model for how graphics and the overall import of news are interpreted. Using Marcuse for direction, a teacher can help students to read Third World novels such as "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Things Fall Apart." Students' participation in such fiction can contribute to their global awareness. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Marcuse (Herbert)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Council of Teachers of English (15th, Saskatoon, Canada, August 15-20, 1982).