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“Passionate about Challenge”: Stephanie Chiu on Teaching the Korean Story “Ascending Scales”

Posted on September 12, 2023

New York City ENL teacher Stephanie Chiu.

You won’t find the Korean story “Ascending Scales” on any lists of “high interest/low reading level” suggestions for high school English Language Learners. This work of contemporary Korean fiction was written for adult general readers, without any efforts to simplify vocabulary in the original or English translation. More than that, the story’s plot is sharply different from the narratives that students usually encounter in assigned school reading, making it perhaps the opposite of a “predictable text.”

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