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5 Reasons to Use Literature in (English) Language Classes (of any Level)



Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Humanising Language Teaching
MU Faculty or unit

Language Centre

Field Pedagogy and education
Keywords literature; authenticity; imagination; creativity; personalization
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Description The purpose of this paper is to share beliefs about using literary texts in the language classroom and to illustrate them by introducing concrete ways that allow students to approach literature in English. It was stated that students at every level and of every background can benefit from tasks based on literary text. Since students appreciate connections between real-life and learning, it is suggested that they should get involved in authentic tasks, however simple their language output might be. Furthermore, the paper explained that activities around texts by respected authors and activities relating literary texts to students own cultural background increase students’ motivation. The article paper pointed out that creative writing and visual types of activities can activate students´ minds in less usual, yet enriching ways. Moreover, the advantages of creating a fun atmosphere in language classes were presented. Throughout the paper, suggestions were made for tasks that require a more theoretical approach from the students. It should be possible for other teachers to successfully engage literature in their courses by choosing some of the ways mentioned and adapting them for their students’ situation.

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