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ERIC Number: EJ766767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
Using the Literary Text to Engage Language Learners in a Multilingual Community
Stewart, Julia Aguilar; Santiago, Karen A.
Foreign Language Annals, v39 n4 p683-696 Win 2006
This article discusses the use of Esmeralda Santiago's autobiography "When I Was Puerto Rican" (1994b) as the foundation for an experiential learning project that brought two language communities: suburban college students studying intermediate Spanish and urban Puerto Rican students in an English-as-a-second-language (ESL) class. The researchers relate how the respective classes analyzed the text and its cultural framework in preparation for a cross-cultural encounter when both groups of students discussed their reaction to Santiago's story. This case study is offered as an example of how to use a literary text to achieve the objectives outlined in the "Standards for Foreign Language Learning," standard 5: communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania; Puerto Rico