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PEACE: A Look at Taiwanese Culture through Poetry



Hot Topic Session on 'Peace', Nation at large, TESOL 2007, Seattle WA

Hot Topic Session on 'Peace', Nation at large, TESOL 2007, Seattle WA



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  • 1. A Look at Taiwanese Culture through Poetry Advocating for Peace: The Nation at Large Hot Topic Session, TESOL 2007 Seattle Aiden Yeh Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages Taiwan
  • 2. This session discusses…
    • blended learning projects that promote EFL students’ awareness on language, identity, and socio-cultural issues.
    • In these projects, students offer solutions to these conflicts using documentary videos, photostories, letters to the Editor, and e-zines.
  • 3. Collaborative Poetry Project
    • Ss work in groups
    • using Gwendolyn Brooks’ 1991 poem, "We Real Cool")
    • Ss looked at the linguistic aspects of the poem, and the social and cultural relevance of the message,
    • Broadens Ss’s understanding of their own culture.
  • 4. We Real Cool
    • THE POOL PLAYERS. SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL. We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon.
    • http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15433 (audio clip available online)
  • 5. A Young Man’s Interpretation http://www.favoritepoem.org/thevideos/ulrich.html (Video available online)
  • 6. The Pedagogical Approach
    • The pedagogical approach for this project is based on the three models for teaching literature-- language , culture , and personal growth —(Carter and Long,1991).
  • 7. http://yehlanguageandculture.blogspot.com/2005/12/final-project.html
  • 8. Students’ Projects
  • 9. http://www.geocities.com/wentzao2004/culture/poetry/ifyouask.htm
  • 10. http://www.geocities.com/wentzao2004/culture/poetry/we_gen_stanza.htm
  • 11. We and They
    • “ In Taiwan, social class is always taken as a standard to view people. ..To feel inferior or superior exists in “we” and “they” and social class will exist in the society forever since this world is full of various people… The ideology could completely reflect the society of Taiwan. Taiwanese have serious ideology of “We” and “They”, especially on the political issues”.
    • (Student project analysis)
  • 12.
    • We know that there will be always “We and They” and when “They” become “We”, somehow “We” will just become “They”, and “We” versus “They”, “They” versus “We”.
    • But, if people are willing to be more open-minded and more human-centered, we’ll see a total(ly) different picture, and there will be more understanding between “We” and “They”. There will be more and more people willing to learn how to appreciate each other…
    • “ We” and “They” are just “Us”. “Us” have the same mother called “the earth”; “Us” have the same home called “our planet”, and have the same goal in life called “human benefit”.
    • In the harmony of “Us”, human being will enjoy a mutually prosperous future.
    Click here to play short video http://www.geocities.com/wentzao2004/culture/poetry/we_and_they.htm