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The use of folk literature by foreign language teachers to promote positive social behaviors





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This capstone addresses the question: Does the use of folk literature by foreign language teachers promote positive social behaviors? This qualitative research study was conducted in May and June of 2010 and uses grounded theory. In this study, I researched folk literature and its positive behavioral impact on 18 students in my 4th grade class at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School. I used two stories in my research: The Lake of the Moon and The Magic Ball. I used this fairy tale and legend to test three variables in my classroom: Compassion, respect and responsibility and tested my students before and after reading the stories with open ended surveys. I found that these stories had a very large impact on the social behaviors of my students. Some improvement could be made to this study by enlarging the data base of stories that were read in class and the cultural groups represented.

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