ERIC Number: ED129112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct
Reference Count: 0
L'enseignement de la litterature vu par une etudiante americaine (Literature Instruction as Seen by an American Student).
De Meo, Patricia P.
This paper discusses a student's view of the teaching of literature with respect to: (1) the nature of literature, and (2) the learning process. B. A. programs in French generally include courses designed to "cover" certain areas of literature. These courses involve, usually, "ex cathedra" lecturing, implying first that there is one "correct" interpretation of a given work which the professor imparts to the student, and secondly that learning is passive in nature; the student "receives" the "correct" interpretation. The implicit goal of literature study is thus to amass a body of knowledge. This paper suggests that learning is an active process and that works of literature acquire their meaning through the active participation of the reader; therefore, more extensive use of a Socratic approach to teaching would be more appropriate and beneficial. It is proposed as well that the goal of undergraduate literature study be that of helping students discover the methods of literary study rather than absorbing a sum of knowledge. Finally, the paper stresses the need for research in the area of teaching the foreign literature, a field largely neglected, and urges that consideration be given to fundamental questions of learning theory and theory of literature. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In French; Paper presented at the International Congress of the Federation Internationale des Professeurs de Francais (3rd, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 1976)