ERIC Number: ED353824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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From Writing to Media with Literature in EFL.
Gilbert, Reta A.
It is suggested that most students of English as a Second Language are more inclined toward video than print as a source of information and stimulation, and that to be successful, teaching methods must bridge this gap. An approach using comparison of different versions of one text, here Shakespeare's "Macbeth," is described. The 3-step technique uses film and videotape recordings, and also requires that students read the original text without study aids. The first step is to find familiar literature with various media versions. "Macbeth" has several film versions featuring noted actors and directors and from different decades and cultures, and a film version of a stage presentation. Music composed specifically for the drama can also be analyzed. The written text is used between film versions to compare and contrast interpretations and use of language. A list of Chinese films and related texts is offered as an alternative to Shakespeare. The second step of the technique is to explore differences in texts by comparing basic text elements, setting, narrative, characterization, symbols, structure/composition, viewpoint, time, and focus. The third step has students create or locate companion texts for an existing written text and/or film/video. A 31-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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