Comprehension and problem-solving in the literature classroom.

Durant, Alan (2003) Comprehension and problem-solving in the literature classroom. In: Eigo No Osie-Kata Manabi-Kata [in English: ‘Teaching and Learning English: integrating language, literature and culture']. Saito, Yoshifumi, ed. University of Tokyo Press, pp. 33-56. ISBN 4130801503

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This article suggests that, in seeking to understand and interpret literary texts, non-native speaker students should be encouraged to exploit general problem-solving abilities in support of their developing linguistic competence. This point is illustrated by discussion of a comprehension experiment conducted in L2 classrooms under a variety of conditions. It is suggested that interpretive abilities acquired in task-based approaches can be applied to texts other than those directly studied, and so build transferable skills rather than the specialised cultural literary knowledge usually associated with literature courses. Advocating a task-based approach to comprehension based on inference and problem-solving, the article concludes, also draws attention to wider questions regarding the usefulness of studying literature in L2 situations.

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Translated for publication into Japanese by Yoshifumi Saito. Also published as ‘Comprehension and problem-solving in the literature classroom', in, Ganakumaran Subramaniam (ed), Teaching of Literature in ESL/EFL Contexts, Sasbadi-MELTA ELT Series (Sasbadi Sdn Bhd, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 2003),) pp.111-39. ISBN 9835916624.

Research Areas:A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
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