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ERIC Number: ED313911
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching English Literature to Iraqi Students of Translation: A Study in Cultural Overlap.
Al-Azzawi, A. S.
An approach to teaching English literature to first-year students of translation, emphasizing literature as a vehicle of culture, of literary experience, and for development of communication skills in English as a Second Language, is recommended based on one teacher's experience at an Iraqi university. Literature is seen as a means of helping students to gain insight into both their own culture as well as other cultures. Translation from English to Arabic is used as a means of making comparisons of the different cultures. In the beginning, the focus of this approach is placed on cultural similarities, and later on differences in outlook. The roles of plot, style, structure, vocabulary, figurative language, and writing conventions for different genres are examined to enhance student exposure to the literary experience. Language skills are taught through literature by discussion of authors' methods, motivations, and experiences. In particular, poetry is used to help students assimilate aesthetic values in literature. The approach is intended to stimulate both cultural understanding and mastery of linguistic codes. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iraq