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The role of narrative input in the New Headway ESL course books

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dc.contributor.advisor Southey, Peter, 1945- en Boshoff, Dorothea en 2009-08-25T10:58:40Z 2009-08-25T10:58:40Z 2009-08-25T10:58:40Z 2007-11-30 en
dc.identifier.citation Boshoff, Dorothea (2009) The role of narrative input in the New Headway ESL course books, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Literature, while perceived as beneficial, is not widely used in the ESL arena. This study set out to investigate proven benefits of using literature in ESL through a review of the current research, at the same time establishing a link between literature and narrative based on `story grammar' which biological determinism claims the human brain is hardwired to use as a language learning tool. Hypothesizing that there would be no correlation between theory regarding the presence and application of literature in ESL as presented in the current research and the practice as found in the prominent ESL course, New Headway, the study set out to identify narrative input in New Headway's Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Levels and analyzing the way in which narrative is used to teach language skills and communicative competence. Contrary to expectations a surprisingly high level of narrative was found and the narrative was exploited in full accordance with suggestions made in the current research. The findings indicate that the incorporation of narrative in New Headway is a pedagogically informed decision by the authors to exploit the benefits of literature while at the same time catering to a very heterogeneous audience of international ESL learners. Key terms: literature, narrative, story, biological determinism, ESL course books, New Headway en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (161 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Literature en
dc.subject Narrative en
dc.subject Story en
dc.subject Biological determinism en
dc.subject ESL course books en
dc.subject New Headway en
dc.subject language skills en
dc.subject communicative competence en
dc.subject vocabulary en
dc.subject text selection en
dc.subject.ddc 428.24
dc.subject.lcsh English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers
dc.subject.lcsh English language -- Study and teaching -- Activity programs
dc.title The role of narrative input in the New Headway ESL course books en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department English Studies en M.Ed. en

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