TITLE

TEACHING CULTURE AND LANGUAGE THROUGH FOLKTALES

AUTHOR(S)
Akpinar, Kadriye Dilek; Öztürk, Mustafa Serkan
PUB. DATE
June 2009
SOURCE
Ekev Academic Review;Summer2009, Vol. 13 Issue 40, p69
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Providing students with the opportunity to study different cultures increases their global understanding and helps foster tolerance of cultural differences. Folktales can be a useful tool for increasing foreign language learners' multicultural awareness. A qualitative study was conducted to search how third grade Turkish EFL (English as a foreign language) learners reflect to different cultures by reading and depicting cross cultural folktales visually through illustrations. Selected folktales from Estonia, Greece and Slovenia written in English were used during four- 40 minute- lessons. The data were gathered through video recordings and class observations, research forms and story sequence forms filled in by the learners. Their performances in English Language Arts (reading, writing, listening, speaking) were assessed according to the standards of National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and International Reading Association (IRA). Analyses of the data patterns showed a great interest of the learners in folktales and illustrations besides an increasing awareness to cultural diversity and they improved their literacy of arts in speaking, writing, reading and listening in English language to the target standards of (NCTE/IRA).
ACCESSION #
48217199

 

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