ERIC Number: ED326068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Stories from Prague: Oral and Written Lifestorying by Students at the Prague Institute of Chemical Technology in the Process of Learning English.
Butler, Sydney, Comp.; Butler, Anita Jana, Comp.
The stories in this collection result from a class activity in an English-as-a-Second-Language course at Prague Institute of Chemical Technology (Czechoslovakia). The students, most in their third or fourth year of postsecondary education, had all studied English previously but primarily as an academic exercise, and had had little contact with native speakers of English. Students were asked to share personal stories or anecdotes of their own experiences. Triggers used to stimulate student writing included snapshots and sketches and ideas from a text on lifestory writing. The stories included here are a sampling of the classroom activities' results. Teachers are encouraged to look at the stories as examples of language learner communication, despite idiomatic and syntactic flaws. Language specialists are urged to examine unusual English usage and evidence of interference. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Class Activities, Conversational Language Courses, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Personal Narratives, Postsecondary Education, Second Language Programs
Language Education Department, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. ($3.00).
Publication Type: Collected Works - General
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