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Title: Reclaiming student's motivation: infusion of thinking skills into literature
Authors: Ong, Ai Choo
Tan, Sharon Kai Suan
Issue Date: 2002
Citation: Teaching and Learning, 23(1), 39-48
Abstract: The perception that literature, especially Shakespearean drama, has little relevance to the modern technological age is not uncommon among students, and perhaps even among some educators. And for those students who in the first place do not have a natural passion for literature, having to delve into the language, emotions and culture of a people long passed away, seem to be a waste of valuable curriculum time. The challenge of many literature teachers is how to stimulate a passion among computer whiz kids on a diet of modem slang for something so remote as The Merchant of Venice. This paper describes a pilot study to regain the motivation of Secondary Two students for literature by infusing thinking skills into a Shakespearean play, The Merchant of Venice. It provides a brief background on the key features of the infusion lessons, and describes three learning tasks to illustrate the approach used in promoting thinking and appreciation of the play. It concludes with an evaluation of the infusion lessons.
ISSN: 0129-7112
Appears in Collections:Journal Articles - Teaching and Learning

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