The discussion-based approach to improving literary understanding

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This mini course presents for teachers how to help students engage in deep understandings of literature by using classroom discussion. The mini course has two units. Unit One states that the introduction of the course and the classroom discourses. Unit Two addresses that how to apply classroom discourses to improve literary understanding.

After finishing the course, learners can apply the discussion-based approaches to improve literary understanding through classroom conversation.

This lesson is designed by Yueh-Chen,Weng, who is taking the master in curriculum development and instructional technology program at State University of New York at Albany.

Star red.gifUnit One - Introduction and Classroom discourse

Why is it important to teach literary understanding by classroom discussion? Explore the classroom discourse.....

Star red.gifUnit Two-The discussion-based approaches to improving literary understanding

How to scaffold students' literary understanding by applying discussion-based approaches? What strategies can be used in my classroom?


Reference
Arthur N. Applebee, Judith A. Langer, Martin Nystrand and Adam Gamoran, (2003), Discussion-Based Approaches to Developing Understanding: Classroom Instruction and Student Performance in Middle and High School English, American Educational Research Journal. Vol.40, No.3, pp. 685-730.

Elizabeth Close & Judith A. Langer, (n.d.), Improving Literary Understanding through Classroom Conversation, National Research Center on English Learning & Achievement.'Facilitating Effective Discussions. (n.d.). Retried Dec. 2 from http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infotrac/tips/facilitatingeffectivediscussions.pdf

Judith L. Shrum & Eileen W. Glisan, (2005), Teacher's Handbook: Contextualized Language Instruction third edition, U.S.: Thomson Heinle.

Judith A. Langer. (1991). Literary Understanding and Literature Instruction. Retrieve Dec. 9, 2007 from http://www.kokken.go.jp/public/world/mirror/cela.albany.edu/literary/index.htmlVideo:Annenberg Foundation (2003). Segment #28: Creating Travel Advice. Annenberg Media Learner org.Annenberg Foundation (2003). Workshop 1. Foundations. Annenberg Media Learner org.
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