The Language of Legends: Indigenous Instructional Materials


Legends are fully formed narratives that are considered recapitulations of past experiences, showcasing the identity of a people. With this concept, this research gathered, translated and analyzed said indigenous materials to uncover the identity of the people to whom the legends belong. It attempted to analyze the legends of Sorsogon City and their variants. Specifically it sought to identify the typology/classification of the legends from Sorsogon City and at the same time unravel the beliefs, traits, values, traditions and cultural practices that are reflected in the legends. It also aimed to propose instructional materials in teaching both English and literature classes out of the study of legends. This is an interpretative type of literary criticism which involved collection, translation, description, analysis and interpretation of data gathered. The data collection and validation were done simultaneously using the parameters of Manuel�s vertical and horizontal tests. The study revealed through the structural and motifemic analysis of the legends, that there are beliefs, traits, values traditions and cultural practices reflected therein. Consequently, Sorsogon City legends as authentic folkloric items emerged as valuable classroom materials to be used as spring board selections for grammar lessons or it can be used in analyzing and appreciating legends as prose narratives for a literature lesson or in lessons integrating grammar and literature. Hence, it was recommended to undertake similar studies on legends or other prose narratives of other provinces/ regions/ nations to understand better the humanity of the people to whom they belong; preserving them for posterity.

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Sherill A. Gilbas, Sorsogon State College, Philippines

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Conference: LibrAsia2015
Stream: Literature - Folktales

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