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ERIC Number: ED485044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 13
Distance Learning and Role Play: A Web-Bard Pedagogy
Kolloff, Mary Ann; Rahimzadeh, Kevin
Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 27th, Chicago, IL, October 19-23, 2004
As most any high school or college English teacher can verify, it is the rare group of students that approaches the study of Shakespeare with anything other than a mixture of anxiety over the difficulty of making sense of the plays' language and annoyance that, once again, they will be forced to engage in an activity they find both unjustifiably difficult and irrelevant to their lives. Students dread the "Old English," as they mistakenly call it, they will be expected to decipher and the daily plot quizzes they know they cannot pass (at least not without the help of They balk at the maddening glossary at the bottom of the page, interrupting their reading every other line, and the confusing crowd of characters (all with funny-sounding names) they will be expected to disentangle. They worry over the lectures and discussions that will parade out all the usual half-understood English class shibboleths such as "motif,", "theme," and "symbol." Most of all, and worse still, they fear the imminent prospect of being bored out of their minds.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A