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ERIC Number: ED279166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Fairy Tales in the ESL Classroom.
Second language teachers wishing to diversify their instructional approach should consider using fairy tales to enrich the experience of the target language and culture. When used well, they can provide a glimpse of the values, lifestyles, customs, and historical traditions of the target language group. Fairy tales also offer a variety of language contexts for expanding and refining vocabulary and for developing a larger repertoire of linguistic structures. Research in second language learning supports the idea that variations of child-oriented themes and/or fantasy can stimulate a young person's interest, simultaneously providing comprehensible input and lowering the affective filter. Suggested steps for using fairy tales in the second language classroom are: (1) introduction of vocabulary and concepts; (2) story presentation using any props or dramatic techniques necessary and available; (3) language activities to practice, review, or extend story vocabulary or structures; (4) reinforcement and follow-up activities such as summarizing and discussion; and (5) use of story language, themes, or topics to integrate with other content area-related activities. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at an International Conference on Second/Foreign Language Acquisition by Children (Oklahoma City, OK, March 29-30, 1985).