A comparative analysis of racism in the original and modified texts of The Cay

dc.contributor.author Marianne
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-22T02:04:19Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-22T02:04:19Z
dc.date.issued 2007-04
dc.description.abstract Ten high-school students of English as a second language (ESL) intensively studied the modified version of The Cay (retold by Strange, 1997). During their study the teacher asked questions designed to elicit students’ comprehension and understanding of racism and prejudice as the main themes of The Cay. Analysis of classroom discourse data indicated that none of the students independently identified these themes. This article shows the results of a comparative analysis of extracts from the original version of The Cay (Taylor, 1994) with the modified The Cay (Strange, 1997) in order to provide an explanation for ESL students’ inability to identify the themes of racism and prejudice in The Cay. An example from classroom discourse data is used to illustrate students’ difficulty in answering the teacher’s theme-related questions. This article also outlines several pedagogical implications and suggestions for using modified fiction texts in ESL classrooms.
dc.identifier.doi 10125/66618
dc.identifier.issn 1539-0578
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/66618
dc.publisher University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.publisher Center for Language & Technology
dc.subject graded readers
dc.subject simplification
dc.subject interpretation
dc.subject intensive reading
dc.subject The Cay
dc.title A comparative analysis of racism in the original and modified texts of The Cay
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
local.rfl.topic Graded Readers
prism.endingpage 68
prism.number 1
prism.startingpage 56
prism.volume 19
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