ERIC Number: ED340259
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
To Learn or Not To Learn.
The English and Spanish scripts of a dialogue between two Hispanic Americans are presented. The brief drama was recorded on videotape, available separately, for use in instructional television. The story illustrates the frustration and anxiety some Hispanics feel while striving for a better life in the United States. A confrontation occurs between the two characters, who represent positive and negative feelings about overcoming the obstacles to learning to speak English. Issues addressed include the following: (1) lack of opportunity for individuals not able to speak English; (2) embarrassing or dangerous situations encountered; (3) attitudes about discrimination; (4) need for literacy; and (5) how to get help. The dialogue is followed by a lesson plan whose objectives are affective change and vocabulary development. The lesson consists of a vocabulary list and five activities, including discussion questions, a goal-setting exercise, role-playing, a peer interview, and creation of a dialogue. Followup activities are suggested. Notes on the origins of the materials and on the author are also provided. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Conflict Resolution, Dialogs (Language), Discussion (Teaching Technique), Drama, Educational Television, English (Second Language), Hispanic Americans, Interviews, Language Attitudes, Learning Motivation, Lesson Plans, Literacy Education, Role Playing, Second Language Learning, Spanish
Bracero Group Theatre, Region IV Education Service Center, 6001 Gulf Freeway, Suite 129-B, Houston, TX 77023 (videotape available in VHS format, 30 minutes in length--$95.00 single copy; discounts available for multiple copies).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A