ERIC Number: ED127794
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Cross Cultural Communication through Literature: An Analysis of the Response of Foreign Students to "An Introduction to English Literature," a University General Education Course. CATESOL Occasional Papers, No. 1.
This paper describes the use of literature in an English as a second language course, and the response of foreign students to such a procedure. The responses of 113 students from 20 different countries, speaking twenty-four languages, were compared with those of thirty-five American students having English as their first language. The course consisted of readings in poetry, drama, and short stories, accompanied by discussion and written analyses. Reading selections were from the recent past, so that they would be modern in language and content and related to current life, and yet far enough removed to be seen as a pattern and examined as such. Both multiple choice tests and essays were used for evaluation purposes. Tapes and films were also used to supplement instruction. It was found that students enjoyed the course and felt stimulated to read more. Students suggested having more discussion and student participation in the choice of test materials. Test scores indicated that reasoning and writing in English were the most difficult tasks encountered by non-native speakers. Scores also pointed to the relative importance of a given literary form in a given culture. (CLK)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Course Evaluation, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, English (Second Language), Foreign Students, Higher Education, Language Instruction, Language Skills, Literature, Literature Appreciation, Modern Language Curriculum, Poetry, Reading Materials, Second Language Learning, Short Stories, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
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