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PAST AND PRESENT
Literature for ESL Students at the Intermediate Level
Jessie Porter, Editor
Voices Past and Present, is
an anthology of selections from literature based on the premise that
literature, with its universal appeal, is an effective way to both
motivate and teach ESL students. Narrative, with its elements of action,
conflict, suspense, romance, and humour,
arouses and sustains student interest. The logical development of plot
often enables ESL students to handle more difficult material, and their
interest in theme or character provides even more reason to keep reading.
At the same time, ESL students can develop language skills comfortably
and pleasurably through involvement with literature, as the reading
selections contained in this book expose them to models of good language,
including correct grammatical structures, interesting word choice,
figurative language, idioms, and organization of ideas. Literature also
offers these students opportunities to explore many cultures and to
examine their own beliefs and values, thus gaining a better understanding
of themselves and the social and cultural environment in which they live.
Hardcover, 432 pages.
Published in 2000.
$43.75.(Cdn), $35.95 .
Jessie Porter was Head of English as a
Second Language at Jarvis Collegiate Institute in Toronto. She is also the editor of New
Canadian Voices, an anthology of writings by new Canadians learning
English and adjusting to life in Canada.
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Emerson Inc. - All rights reserved.