ERIC Number: EJ766767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 12
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.
Descriptors: College Students, Spanish, Urban Areas, Second Language Learning, Multilingualism, Experiential Learning, Autobiographies, Puerto Ricans, English (Second Language), Case Studies, Literature, Teaching Methods, Standards, Second Language Instruction, Intercultural Communication, Multicultural Education, Bilingual Education, Hispanic American Students, Immigrants, Urban Teaching, Nontraditional Students, Multicampus Colleges
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania; Puerto Rico