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ERIC Number: ED231181
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-26
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Teaching ESL through the Medium of History.
Serapiglia, Gerard
SPEAQ Journal, v6 n1 p75-84 1982
An experiment using texts in Canadian history with French-speaking high school students is the basis for a discussion of a history-based language syllabus. If the assumption from sociolinguistic theory is correct, that the learner must be aware of the social and cultural meaning of language in order to achieve communicative competence, then a knowledge of the sociocultural background of the target language would help to train the foreign learner to recognize the social rules of language usage. Second language teaching via the medium of history might be particularly useful in Quebec where both French and English speakers need to understand cultural differences. In addition to advantages in the sociocultural order, there are cognitive advantages to the method. By reading and understanding history, the student will develop specific cognitive language skills that are implicit in the historical method, for example interpreting concepts and developing data logically and sequentially. In this way, the learner is becoming a creative and critical thinker. Some of the class activities one would use in such a method are communication activities, cognitive exercises reflecting the stages of historical writing, and grammar exercises. (AMH)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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