ERIC Number: ED150867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Folklore in the Foreign Language Class.
Forum, v9 n3 p19-23 May 1977
Over the past ten years, language teachers have become adept at using new techniques for teaching culture. Folklore is one resource that has not been fully exploited, but that can lead students to a deeper understanding of culture and, at the same time, involve them in rich language experiences. Use of folklore in the foreign language classroom, besides strenghthening cultural and literary understanding, has distinct advantages for language learning. Folk narrative style is simple and direct and employs colorful imagery, natural dialogue, and the redundancy necessary in the initial stages of second language learning. Folklore can be effectively used as a stimulus to oral or written language. One example of an activity centered around folklore is the "dwarf drama," in which a class divides in groups of two or three to stage 60-second dramatizations of folk proverbs. In addition to the oral elements of folk culture, non-verbal components, such as folk art and gestures, can be studied and demonstrated. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cultural Context, Cultural Education, Drama, Educational Games, Figurative Language, Folk Culture, Imagery, Language Instruction, Learning Activities, Learning Experience, Legends, Literature, Poetry, Proverbs, Second Language Learning, Singing, Story Telling, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Pullman.