ERIC Number: ED481414
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Crossing the Boundaries between Literature and Pedagogy: Perspectives on a Foreign Language Reading Course.
Burnett, Joanne; Fonder-Solano, Leah
This article presents a methodological comparison of beliefs and practices with regard to teaching a third-year introduction to reading and literature course. It reviews the different educational backgrounds of the teachers--one in foreign language acquisition and the other in literary study--and describes their different approaches to teaching the same kind of course. The teachers discovered that even though they had worked and socialized together for over years before initiating the study, they both held several erroneous assumptions about the other's teaching. In confronting both their similarities and differences, the teachers demonstrate how engaging in dialogue leads to discovery, appreciation, and collegiality. Ultimately, their dialogue provides concrete evidence of the positive results of opening up one's classroom to a colleague with a different background and approach. An appendix presents a description of an Introduction to Hispanic Literature course and a Reading in French course. (Contains 43 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: SLA and the Literature Classroom: Fostering Dialogues. Issues in Language Program Direction: A Series of Annual Volumes; see FL 027 849.