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ERIC Number: ED490771
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1738-1460
Benefits of Using Short Stories in the EFL Context
Erkaya, Odilea Rocha
Online Submission, Asian EFL Journal v8 Nov 2005
The purpose of this article is to familiarize English as a Foreign Language (EFL) instructors with the effectiveness of using literature in language instruction. While some instructors may still believe that teaching EFL encompasses focusing on linguistic benefits only, so eventually their students will communicate in the target language, others who have integrated literature in the curricula have realized that literature adds a new dimension to the teaching of EFL. Short stories, for example, help students to learn the four skills--listening, speaking, reading and writing--more effectively because of the motivational benefit embedded in the stories. In addition, with short stories, instructors can teach literary, cultural, and higher-order thinking benefits. However, before novice instructors attempt to use short stories in their EFL classes, they should understand the benefits of short stories and plan classes that meet the needs of their students. "The Wisdom of Solomon" is appended.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A