ERIC Number: ED138056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Unpuzzling the Puzzle: Modern Poetry in Foreign Language Learning.
South, M. S.
Modern poetry can be used as instructional material in beginning foreign language courses to offer a change of pace from the regular instructional materials and an introduction to the literature in the target language. Students also take pride in understanding original literary products of the language being taught. Modern poetry proves to be more advantageous than older works because of its contemporary language and the minimum of new vocabulary that it requires. The present paper includes a demonstration of the suggested method, with a modern German poem as an example. The method involves the teacher's reading of the poem and a line-by-line discussion in German, starting with the concrete connotations of the poem to slowly arrive at the poem's meaning. The sounds, rhythmic patterns, and metaphors are among the elements that should be carefully discussed. A copy of the poem and its translation into English follow the text. (CLK)
Descriptors: German, German Literature, Imagery, Instructional Materials, Language Instruction, Language Patterns, Language Rhythm, Language Skills, Language Usage, Literary Styles, Literature, Literature Appreciation, Poetry, Punctuation, Second Language Learning, Syntax, Teaching Methods, Verbs, Vocabulary
Not available separately; see FL 007 842
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pacific Northwest Conference on Foreign Languages, Portland, OR.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest Council on Foreign Languages (26th, Simon Fraser University, April 17-19, 1975)