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ERIC Number: EJ1200752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1056-7941
Cultural Imaginaries and Oral Traditions as Creative Resources for Connecting Home Storytelling to English Learning
Samuelson, Beth Lewis; Park, G Yeon; Munyaneza, Simon Pierre
TESOL Journal, v9 n4 p1-11 Dec 2018
When teachers and learners of English face challenging circumstances such as limited access to books and teaching supplies, local practices such as oral storytelling traditions can provide creative resources for supporting language and literacy development. We describe how a cultural imaginary of stories told by Rwandan and U.S. students supported dramatic retelling through reader's theater in English camps for Rwandan upper elementary school students. The students embodied and dramatized their favorite stories written in English or Kinyarwanda and redesigned them into reader's theater scripts. Often these stories originated from creative storytelling practices by the students in their homes, thus illustrating how storytelling traditions connected funds of knowledge from home to resources for teaching and learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Rwanda; United States