Using literary texts in ELT: retrospect and challenges

Durant, Alan (2013) Using literary texts in ELT: retrospect and challenges. In: New Horizons in English Language Teaching: Language, Literature and Education. Toyota, Manasori and Kikuchi, Shigeo, eds. Kansai Gaidai University Press, Kyoto, pp. 1-35. ISBN 978-4-87335-028-8

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Abstract

This chapter uses reflection on the author’s involvement in the movement known as ‘language through literature’ or ‘pedagogical stylistics’ as a way into describing how the field emerged, its relations with different theoretical positions in English Language Teaching (ELT), and its main achievements as regards syllabus reform and methodological innovation. Arguments now made in favour of incorporating the study of literary texts into second-language (L2) English programmes are assessed, as well as some arguments commonly made against. The chapter concludes by identifying present and future challenges, ranging from specifics of course design and pedagogy through to a need to respond to the political imperative of vocational relevance in nearly all fields of education. Each kind of issue, the chapter argues, must be a concern for teachers and others who believe that both a cultural and a professional dimension in English language education are essential, if linguistics is to be ‘applied’ in socially relevant ways.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords (uncontrolled): applied linguistics: communicative approach, ELT, interpretation, language through literature, literary competence, pedagogical stylistics, stylistics
Research Areas: A. > School of Law
Item ID: 16606
Depositing User: Alan Durant
Date Deposited: 29 May 2015 16:28
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2016 11:48
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/16606

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