ERIC Number: EJ1075948
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
The Place of Literature in an English Language Teaching Program: What Do Students Think about It?
Tehan, Patricia; Yuksel, Dogan; Inan, Banu
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, v15 n2 p45-52 Sep 2015
This study investigated the attitudes and opinions of students towards the use and place of literature course in language teaching. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 3 groups of students: (a) the students who had not taken any literature courses before (n = 7), (b) the students who were taking a literature course at the time of the study (n = 7), (c) the students who took the course recently (n = 6). The interviews included questions about the place, importance, and use of literature. The results of the study revealed that the students had mixed views about the use of literature and had some reservations about its inclusion in the mandatory course catalogue. However, it would also appear that many students, particularly those who are currently enrolled in a literature class, understand the logic and even the importance of its use. From here we draw conclusions as to how educators can approach the use of literature as a learning tool when assuming the presence of such varied student preconceptions.
Descriptors: English Literature, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Student Attitudes, Semi Structured Interviews, Courses, Foreign Countries, College Students, Required Courses, Questionnaires
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