ENGLISH EDUCATION AND BRITISH AND AMERICAN CULTURE
"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.”
This is the website for "English Education and British and American Culture." This course will focus on ways of teaching English as a second language (ESL) using a variety of games, activities, and methods that promote "cultural literacy." Cultural literacy can be most simply defined as understanding the ways in which a language is understood as part of the larger culture within which it is spoken.
This website will contain all of the presentations and documents for the class. As we will not be using a specific textbook, selected readings will be posted on the website each week. The students are expected to carefully study the readings for the following week before class. There will be a test each week over the assigned readings.
Course Introduction: Culture and Cultural Fluency
"The Evolution of Culture" on Making Sense Podcast with Sam Harris, PhD. (Neuroscience)
"World Makes Mind" on Big Think Podcast with Barbara Tversky, Phd (Cognitive Psychology)
U1 - Literature and Cultural Fluency I: Picture Books
U2 - Literature and Cultural Fluency II: Fairy Tales
U3 - Literature and Cultural Fluency III - Adolescent Lit
U4 - Literature and Cultural Fluency IV - Modernist Short Stories
Tchaikovsky "Swan Lake," The Kirov Ballet, Leningrad
Igor Stravinsky "The Rite of Spring"
Buster Keaton Documentary: "The Art of the Gag."
"Modernism: Design in a Nutshell"
Yaknapatawpha Maps Page at the University of Virginia
U5 - Literature and Cultural Fluency V - Postmodern Film
School of Life: Martin Heidegger
School of Life: Jacques Derrida
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: "Free Will"
"In Our Time" by Melvin Bragg: "Free Will"
The Cave Paintings of Lascaux
The Origins of Human Language
Joseph Campbell and the Hero's Journey
ATU Classification Tree
Newberry's Pocket Book
Mother Goose's Melody
The Grimm Brothers' Dark Tales