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The role of literature in instructed foreign language learning and teaching : An evidence-based survey

Paran, Amos (2008) The role of literature in instructed foreign language learning and teaching : An evidence-based survey. Language Teaching, 41 (4). pp. 465-496. ISSN 0261-4448

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Abstract

The resurgence in the use of literature in language teaching has been accompanied by an increasing number of research articles in this area. Research (in a number of second languages) has looked at the type of interactions and the type of language that arise from classroom discussions about literature, as well as at the views of teachers and learners. Importantly, the reactions that learners have to incorporating literature in their language lessons are linked to the type of approach and type of task that are used in the classroom. The paper surveys the existing research, as well as evidence from practitioners about approaches that are used and the range of works and authors that are taught.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a major survey of research into the use of literature in language learning, appearing as a State of the Art paper in a major journal in this area (the journal used to be the main abstracting journal in Applied Linguistics/Language Teaching, but has recently changed its focus). The paper is the first such survey; previous State of the Art papers on literature in language learning were not research based. In addition, it widens the scope of enquiry by looking not only at research into the teaching and learning of English as a Foreign Language, but also at other languages, mainly French, Spanish and German. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2008
Controlled Keywords: Language, Literature, All ages, Cross-national
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Culture, Communication and Media
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2010 12:28
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2013 15:40
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/2413
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