KAWABATA AS A CULTURAL BRIDGE- USING FOREIGN TEXTS IN ENGLISH

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Last year, 1999, I taught World and Contemporary Literature in English at an international school in Costa Rica while I lived there for two years. The students had received all of their education for at least 11 years in English before they came to me.

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Kawabata as a cultural bridge-Using Foreign textsin English(2766 words)byBryan E. hall, MPWLast year, 1999, I taught World and Contemporary Literature in English at an international school in Costa Rica while I lived there for two years. The students had received all of their education for at least 11 years in English before they came to me. The task was to identify gaps in their literary and technical grammatical experience and to prepare them for academic expression of their ideas regarding literature and to stimulate the creative writing abilities. They were native Spanish speakers and even after up to 14 years of English study, they had a resistance to the perceived language imperialism. I had a great opportunity as the administration gave me full latitude in developing the new curriculum for the course. They just gave me a main textbook and let me go. The students represented a unique challenge that I had never confronted with other lower level EFL students. They needed to experience the same philosophical understanding of English literature as native speakers and they were certainly capable.They had to that point studied only texts that originated in English and we continued to cover the classics, but they accepted the notion that English had become, despite competition, the universal language when we began to study world literature in translation. They saw that it was the language that had incorporated other languages, and that the cultures that spoke

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