Literature in ELT

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Literature in ELT
« on: October 01, 2014, 12:46:43 PM »
The use of literature in the ELT classroom is enjoying a revival for a number of reasons. Having formed part of traditional language teaching approaches, literature became less popular when language teaching and learning started to focus on the functional use of language. However, the role of literature in the ELT classroom has been re-assessed and many now view literary texts as providing rich linguistic input, effective stimuli for students to express themselves in other languages and a potential source of learner motivation.

Literary texts provide opportunities for multi-sensorial classroom experiences and can appeal to learners with different learning styles. Texts can be supplemented by audio-texts, music CDs, film clips, podcasts, all of which enhance even further the richness of the sensory input that students receive.

Literary texts offer a rich source of linguistic input and can help learners to practise the four skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing - in addition to exemplifying grammatical structures and presenting new vocabulary.

Literature can help learners to develop their understanding of other cultures, awareness of ‘difference' and to develop tolerance and understanding. At the same time literary texts can deal with universal themes such as love, war and loss that are not always covered in the sanitised world of course books.

Literary texts are representational rather than referential (McRae, 1994). Referential language communicates at only one level and tends to be informational. The representational language of literary texts involves the learners and engages their emotions, as well as their cognitive faculties. Literary works help learners to use their imagination, enhance their empathy for others and lead them to develop their own creativity. They also give students the chance to learn about literary devices that occur in other genres e.g. advertising.

Literature lessons can lead to public displays of student output through posters of student creations e.g. poems, stories or through performances of plays. So for a variety of linguistic, cultural and personal growth reasons, literary texts can be more motivating than the referential ones often used in classrooms.


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Re: Literature in ELT
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2015, 10:34:43 AM »
Literature rocks!  :D
Truly speaking, I think students from all disciplines should have a poem and/or short story to read at the beginning of their university journey. Just for taste.
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Re: Literature in ELT
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2015, 10:43:23 AM »
me to, I feel the same.love literature
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Re: Literature in ELT
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2015, 01:10:27 PM »
We hardly focus on the concern-'using literary texts in studying language'. This can prove the most effective in terms of contextual learning!! Nice post  :)




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Re: Literature in ELT
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2015, 03:47:08 PM »
Language & Literature -------- which one is best?

First answer: None

Second answer: Both

Final answer: The taste is yours, so taste it and opine conforming your soul.

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Re: Literature in ELT
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2015, 11:35:57 AM »
I hardly find any issues to compare such way!!!!!!!!  :-[





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Re: Literature in ELT
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2015, 12:39:52 PM »
Thanks for sharing

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Re: Literature in ELT
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2015, 03:47:30 PM »
 I agree with Tahsina Madam, at least short poems and stories should be used as a language learning tool  :)

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Re: Literature in ELT
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2015, 04:29:22 PM »
If so, then what will be the future of 'Linguistic Imperialism' ?

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Re: Literature in ELT
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2015, 12:45:32 PM »
Linguistic Imperialism is just having a temporary high time like all other imperialism.  ;D
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Re: Literature in ELT
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2015, 11:00:35 AM »
May be this imperialism can be the future indeed  :P ;)  :D





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Re: Literature in ELT
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2015, 04:35:30 PM »
Language and Literature both have different kinds of necessity.

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Re: Literature in ELT
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2015, 10:57:01 AM »
We should make good harmony between language and literature............

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Re: Literature in ELT
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2015, 10:07:16 AM »
just taste the taste
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Re: Literature in ELT
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2015, 05:09:43 PM »
..they are together always   8)




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