Uses of Proverbs and Sayings in Foreign Language Teaching: A Case Study of Russian Proverbs
Authors: Vidushi Sharma
Abstract: The pedagogical role of proverbs in the study of a foreign language and its importance in the classroom is indisputable. The article focuses on the methods of using proverbs in teaching Russian as a foreign language. Proverbs and sayings specialist Wolfgang Mieder (2004) noted “Proverbs have been and should be used in teaching as didactic tools because they contain educational wisdom. When it comes to learning foreign languages, proverbs play an important role in teaching as a part of cultural and metaphorical learning. Linguists also argue that the use of proverbs in teaching a second or foreign language is important for effective communication.” (Mieder 2004 p. 297-316) Proverbs as a didactic tool will help students communicate effectively. They also help to improve reading and speaking. As we know, proverbs require knowledge of the language structure of the language being taught, i.e. syntax, morphology, vocabulary, phonetics and semantics. Therefore, this research paper suggests analyzing proverbs on the basis of their linguistic structure. The selection of proverbs is based on the elementary level of language proficiency accepted in Russia.
Paper Id: 230093
Published On: 2019-02-11
Published In: Volume 7, Issue 1, January-February 2019
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