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ERIC Number: EJ923454
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
The Relevance of Literary Analysis to Teaching Literature in the EFL Classroom
Van, Truong Thi My
English Teaching Forum, v47 n3 p2-9, 17 2009
For many university teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL), the study of literature is indispensable because it exposes students to meaningful contexts that are replete with descriptive language and interesting characters. Structuring lessons around the reading of literature introduces a profound range of vocabulary, dialogues, and prose. In addition to developing students' English language skills, teaching literature also appeals to their imagination, develops cultural awareness, and encourages critical thinking about plots, themes, and characters. Most importantly, the activities that one can apply with literature lessons easily conform to the student-centered and interactive tenets of Communicative Language Teaching (CLT). Unfortunately, many postgraduate EFL teacher-training courses focus mainly on language teaching methodology and offer little guidance on the analytical methods that are essential to interpreting literature and designing effective classroom activities. This article presents a basic review of six approaches to teaching literature and includes a discussion based on the author's own experience as well as feedback from colleagues who are familiar with the different approaches. Although this discussion pertains to the university-level EFL context in Vietnam, it can be generalized to the wider global audience of instructors of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Vietnam