ERIC Number: ED349561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Reconsidering the Melting Pot: Fostering Multicultural Awareness through Introductory Composition and Literature Courses.
Herndon, Kathleen M.; Kumar, Priti
Focusing on the importance of helping students to be aware of diverse viewpoints and customs, and to understand their own cultural heritage, this paper discusses how multicultural awareness is addressed in an introductory literature class and a composition class. The paper's first section introduces the basic elements in multicultural education, discussing some of the myths about the American melting pot and presenting some statistics on immigration in the United States and on numbers of foreign students. The paper's second section, "Multicultural Approach in Introductory Literature Classes," discusses the international focus of an Introduction to Fiction class conducted at Weber State University, in Ogden, Utah. The third section, "Multicultural Approach in English 111 College Writing Classes," describes a particular unit used in an introductory college writing class taught at the same institution. A conclusion presents observations on the importance of multicultural awareness. (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cultural Sensitivity; Melting Pot
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (43rd, Cincinnati, OH, March 19-21, 1992).