TEACHING HA JIN’S “A LECTURE” – A SHOWCASE OF THE WORTH OF LITERATURE IN DEVELOPING CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING IN THE CLASSROOM

Sitohang, Susanne Andrea Humisar (2018) TEACHING HA JIN’S “A LECTURE” – A SHOWCASE OF THE WORTH OF LITERATURE IN DEVELOPING CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING IN THE CLASSROOM. Dialektika, 8. pp. 9-16. ISSN 2338 2635

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Abstract

The unraveling of the students’ sense of humanity and individuality is deemed necessary to better prepare them to face the current world of globalism and multiculturalism, to guide them to the understanding that while the world consists of different beliefs, ideals, political views, and religions, at the center of all things, humans share common needs, desires and feelings. Therefore, students need to discover within themselves a sense of humanity and individuality. Having been equipped with this sense of humanity and individuality, the students, thus, hopefully, will be able to think critically and bring about changes in their immediate environment should unjust acts take place. Critical literacy is believed to be one of the many ways to achieve this goal. The unraveling is done through the inclusion of literature in the classroom in an Indonesian English class setting. This article highlights how students can be introduced to concepts of “humanity,” “conformity,” and “individuality” through reading a short story by Ha Jin entitled “A Lecture.” After understanding the short story and the afore-mentioned concepts, students are able to produce on their own an art project as a reflection and reaction to the story and the ideas embedded in the story.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
Depositing User: Edi Wibowo
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2018 07:01
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 03:45
URI: http://repository.uki.ac.id/id/eprint/122

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