Education Journal


1988.第16卷第2期(Vol. 16 No. 2).pp. 199–205



Ways to Deal With the Affective Domain in Language Content

周漢光(Hon-Kwong CHOW)




Literature is to release emotion, and most of the time it conveys emotions common to all. The special thing about the writers is that they are sensitive to their experiences. They can capture their feelings and turn them into literary writings via high writing skills. When reading about writings such as about memories of beloved ones, farewell, feeling of a lonely traveller, memory of a fallen kingdom, we might feel that all the emotions are unfolded before our eyes and our hearts are moved. As long as the life experiences that spark the writers to write remain, then the emotions conveyed in the writings would be common to human nature. There would be a lot of educational elements that are worthwhile to teach the students. To teach a piece of writing, we cannot ignore the writer's motive for writing. If the students can understand and deeply moved by the common emotions conveyed, they would be interested to read and learn. There is no formula to teach the affective domain in language content. The students' sensitivity to words, the ability to catch the symbols and metaphorical meaning between the lines, and the arousing of their emothions, are needed to be taken into consideration, in order to enable them to understand and further to appreciate the piece of writing.