ERIC Number: ED343432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-25
Folk Literature in the Foreign Language Classroom.
Bagg, Mary Beth
The usefulness of various forms of folk literature as grammatical, literary, historical, and cultural sources in foreign language teaching is discussed and guidelines are suggested for classroom implementation. Although the focus is on folk or fairy tales, folk literature is defined to encompass myths, local legends, saints' legends, children's legends, folk songs, sagas, jokes, and anecdotes as well. Answers to basic questions are presented, including why fairy tales should be used to teach a foreign language, what types of grammar can be emphasized, and how writing and oral skills can be developed. Specific fairy tale elements that can be taught include traditional beginnings and endings, the use of numbers, stock characters, diminutives, comparatives and superlatives, gems, and precious metals. Ways to engage a class in story telling are described, based on one teacher's experience while teaching German. Five principles (one-dimensionality, superficiality, abstract style, isolation and a bond with nature's creatures, and sublimation and worldliness) are given that can be used as a basis for interpretation of fairy tales. A sample, unfinished German fairy tale is presented for audience or reader reaction. Contains 24 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association (Indianapolis, IN, October 25, 1991).