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ERIC Number: EJ850745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
The Novel as Textbook
Gareis, Elisabeth; Allard, Martine; Saindon, Jackie
TESL Canada Journal, v26 n2 p136-147 2009
The use of authentic literature, especially novels, has proven electrifying for teachers as well as students: a development mirrored in the success of related methodologies and the increasing availability of materials accompanying literature. The benefits of using novels as textbooks are numerous. Research consistently shows the benefits of extended reading; novels are motivating and authentic; and they can support any curriculum and be used in a variety of programs. Issues discussed in the article include a rationale for using novels as textbooks, selection criteria, ways of teaching discrete and integrated skills, and reflections on the pros and cons of using literature to teach English.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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