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ERIC Number: EJ924077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
Folklore, Literature, Ethnography, and Second-Language Acquisition: Teaching Culture in the ESL Classroom
Gholson, Rachel; Stumpf, Chris-Anne
TESL Canada Journal, v22 n2 p75-91 Spr 2005
Recognizing that to learn about culture will aid the new Canadian in attaining cultural awareness, this article argues that it is imperative to develop strategies for teaching about culture. Using folklore as a critical methodology in the ESL classroom is such a strategy. Because folklore is an intrinsic part of everyday life, its use promotes and enables cross-cultural understandings and the understandings of North American cultures. Moreover, through the use of folklore, students and instructors come to recognize that their expectations are mutable or living elements of culture. (Contains 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada