Using novels in the language-learning classroom

Lazar, Gillian ORCID logoORCID: (1990) Using novels in the language-learning classroom. ELT Journal, 44 (3) . pp. 204-214. ISSN 0951-0893 [Article] (doi:10.1093/elt/44.3.204)


Using a novel with the English language learner provides a rich source of pedagogic activities. At the same time, it gives rise to its own set of difficulties—both practical and literary. In this article, I begin by attempting to identify some features of novels which provide unusual educational and linguistic opportunities for the learner. I then examine some of the difficulties both teachers and students may experience in using novels in the classroom and provide sample materials that I have devised in an attempt to overcome these problems. These activities were produced for one particular novel. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, but I hope the principles underlying them would be applicable to most other novels as well.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Learning Enhancement Team (LET)
Item ID: 11038
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Depositing User: Gillian Lazar
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2013 10:24
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:27

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