ERIC Number: ED397659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-27
How To Plan a Literature Course for Maximum Effect.
The structure of an 8-week intensive course in literature for advanced learners of English as a Second Language is described. Focus is on engaging student interest with texts rich in theme and/or language that can elicit thoughtful discussion. In the first 2 weeks, the language and length of the texts (short stories) selected make them relatively easy to read, but the themes are of interest to students. Emphasis during this phase is on building student confidence and creating familiarity with figures of speech. The first work read is seen as crucial to engaging the students, and should be easy enough to be digested in class. In the second, 4-week stage, longer stories are used, and some poetry may be introduced. The third stage is characterized by study of a full-length play, which can be as substantial as a novel but easier to read in dialogue form. Two suggested curricula are appended, each listing literary works to be taught, with brief synopses and ideas for class activities and discussion. (MSE)
Descriptors: Course Content, Course Descriptions, Course Organization, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Drama, English Literature, English (Second Language), Figurative Language, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Materials, Intensive Language Courses, Literature Appreciation, Media Selection, Poetry, Second Language Instruction, Short Stories
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (30th, Chicago, IL, March 1996).