ERIC Number: ED185865
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The Question of Methodology in the Teaching of Literature.
Arya, R. C.
CIEFL Bulletin, v13 n1 p19-36 1977
The existing methods for the teaching of literature in colleges and universities in India are summarized with reference to the aims of such programs. Lectures, tutorials, and seminars do not promote the learning of literature or critical thinking because teachers are not adequately prepared to be specialists in different periods or styles of literature and students do not work independently. The "Practical Criticism" method wherein students read on their own and discuss together with the teacher only interjecting corrections, and the "Peripatetic Method" of the ancient Lyceum are favored. Group discussions, workshops, and seminars will promote the development of critical thinking. Those involved in setting course materials must follow the same careful procedures for selection, grading, and presentation as are followed in language instruction. (PMJ)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Central Inst. of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderbad (India).