Using Short Stories to Teach Language Skills

Before 19th century, the main objective of English as Foreign Language (EFL) teaching was to help students mastering linguistic elements to communicate fluently in the target language. Recent trend, however, shows it aims at integrating literature with language teaching because of its rich potential to provide an authentic model of language use.  Until 19th century, the Grammar Translation Method (GTM) predominated ESL/EFL teaching. GTM’s learning activity includes translating literary texts from the second or foreign language to the students’ native language. GTM was replaced by the Structuralism Approach in 1960s. This approach was concerned with correctness of grammatical form but not with content or interpretation of the text. Teaching a… Read More

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Encounter with Kafka’s Red Peter

Franz Kafka, in his short story “A Report to an Academy”, presents the capability to transfer one’s life in response to circumstances. An ape, the narrator of the story, who has learned human traits, says, “One learns when one has to; one learns when one needs a way out; one learns at all costs.”

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The Development Set

by Ross Coggins | Written in 1976 Excuse me, friends, I must catch my jet – I’m off to join the Development Set; My bags are packed, and I’ve had all my shots I have traveller’s checks and pills for the trots! The Development Set is bright and noble Our thoughts are deep and our vision global; Although we move with the better classes Our thoughts are always with the masses. In Sheraton Hotels in scattered nations We damn multi-national corporations; injustice seems easy to protest In such seething hotbeds of social rest. We discuss malnutrition over steaks And plan hunger talks during coffee breaks. Whether Asian floods or African… Read More

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Ghanta Ghar, the Tower Clock!

I found this modified “Ghanta Ghar” in Apar Pramod’s blog. I found this amazing! Share your views! I have not researched about Ghanta Ghar. So let us read Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia, “The original clock tower was designed after the Big Ben of London, as Western influence crept into Nepalese architecture during the Rana era. The GhantaGhar that stands today was rebuilt after the 1990 BS earthquake, standing on the site of the original.” The word GhantaGhar is made up of two words, “Ghanta” and “Ghar”. The words “Ghanta” and “Ghar” in Nepali mean “Hour” and “House” in English respectively. And thus the word “GhantaGhar” means the house that is used for looking hours or time. There is also… Read More

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