A book that might be
useful with your Ethiopian pupils is called Using Folktales by Eric
Taylor and it can be purchased from ECB. It is NOT a textbook, but could be used
in addition, for literature. It has one tale from Ethiopia, but in general, I
think that there are many folktales which can be used from this book, (and
techniques for using them) because they relate to human feelings, and situations
that are relevant in any culture.
In addition, I looked up
where the one Ethiopian tale in the book was taken from and I found
~AdeleThere are lots
of other things that you can do with folktales like ask them to ask their
parents/ grandparents to tell them stories they told them when they were kids
and then translate them together into English.
I took a
course on Yiddish folklore at the Hebrew University and our lecturer asked us to
collect the words of the song "Shkedim Vetzimukim" in Yiddish. We got
something like 27 different versions. In a culture where tales are passed on
from mouth to ear, they go through several "gilgulim".