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ERIC Number: ED139298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Jan
Pages: 15
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Aesop and Company: Using Traditional Tales in EFL Classes.
Allen, Virginia French
Making repeated use of a traditional tale can offer various kinds of language practice. Many new teachers use a reading passage just once, investing considerable time in the explanation of the vocabulary needed to understand it, and then rush on to something new. Actually, the best potentialities of the material are still to be tapped, through such activities as the following, which "recycle" the familiar Aesop's fable, "The Fox and the Grapes": (1) Cloze exercises; (2) Half-sentences (Each pupil receives a strip of paper bearing half a sentence and finds the classmate who holds the other half.); (3) Smuggled sentences (Into the chalkboard copy of a familiar story the teacher inserts two sentences from another story. The pupils detect and copy out the smuggled sentences.); (4) Scrambled sentences; (5) Strip story; (6) Controlled composition; and (7) Asking and answering (Pupils ask each other questions to test literal and inferential comprehension and to elicit details not given in the story.) Teachers should record the stories on cassettes for students to listen to whenever they have the opportunity. The story ought to be heard so often that it is virtually committed to memory. This is a great help in developing fluency and reading speed. (Author/CFM)
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