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ERIC Number: EJ914894
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
The Trans-Cultural Comparative Literature Method: Using Grammar Translation Techniques Effectively
Sapargul, Destan; Sartor, Valerie
English Teaching Forum, v48 n3 p26-33 2010
This article describes the Trans-Cultural Comparative Literature Method, an innovative way to use literature to teach advanced English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students. This method originated from the authors' discovery of common themes and points of view as they compared Turkmen and English literary texts. While the method employs activities associated with Communicative Language Teaching (CLT), it also borrows from techniques associated with the Grammar Translation Method (GT) by focusing on grammar, vocabulary, and limited translation exercises during cultural comparisons of literary texts. The authors explain how their method combines GT and CLT techniques in a lesson plan that engages students with activities that compare and contrast themes and cultural aspects found in two literary texts: one text (already translated into English) from the country where EFL is being taught and another from a country where English is spoken.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkmenistan