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Oral literature: A school certificate course by S. Kichamu Akivaga, Asen…
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This book has been specifically written to meet the needs of the oral literature syllabus at the school certificate level.
For a start, it seeks to introduce oral literature as an everyday living experience:
for it is made up of the stories that are told among the people, and the songs that are sung during the communal ceremonies or even over the radio. The book attempts to bring this rich subject to the classroom by doing,
among other things, the following:
Introducing the students to the methods and requirements of collecting oral literature materials and carrying out fieldwork. Discussing oral literature as an authentic literary form with its own conventions and stylistic devices.
Introducing, in a comprehensive manner and with illustrations of many examples,
the various forms of oral literature – narratives, songs, proverbs and riddles And offering, after each set examples,
review questions designed to test appreciation of examples given and understanding of concepts dealt with.
In addition, group projects are designed to encourage the students to collect their own examples and be able to discuss these meaningfully and
systematically. This book will make the learning and teaching of oral literature both easy and enjoyable.
The authors of this book have experience of many years of teaching oral literature. S. Kichamu Akivaga taught literature at the secondary school level before joining the Institute of African Studies, University of Nairobi.
He was involved in organising the 1974 Conference of Literature Teachers which proposed the inclusion of oral literature in the syllabus. A. Bole Odaga also taught for many years and later joined the Institute of African Studies,
The University of Nairobi, as a Research Fellow. She has carried out extensive research in oral literature among the Luo,
the Giriama and the Kalenjin, and has authored numerous books
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