ERIC Number: ED426611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
The Cognitive Hookman: Using Contemporary Legends in the ESL/EFL Classroom.
This paper discusses the use of contemporary legends in the teaching of language and culture, specifically in English-as-a-second-language. Contemporary legends are a type of folk narrative, but unlike folk tales, they are believed to be true. They usually concern ordinary people who are known to the narrator, occur in familiar settings, and are generally conveyed orally. Drawing on her experience teaching in a variety of cultures, the author encourages other teachers to use contemporary legends as authentic texts for teaching both culture and communication skills. The paper presents adapted stories and accompanying questions and class activities, and offers seven sample lessons using some of the texts. Specific classroom techniques, and some caveats for the teacher, are noted. (Contains 13 references). (MSE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT.