The role of literature in language studies
Title: The role of literature in language studies - an effective means for teaching English Author: Scott Edwards Term and year: Ht – 08 Institution: Department of English Supervisor: Ronald Paul Key words: Literature, learning, communication skills, culture, fame, reality TV. Summary: The purpose of this essay is to show how literature can be used as an effective means for teaching English in upper secondary school in Sweden. The chosen book for reference is Blind Faith by Ben Elton, which is discussed regarding its potential as a suitable source for teaching from a number of perspectives. For example, how it can be enjoyed as a book in its entirety, how it can be used for comprehension and how it can lend itself to other classroom activities. Secondary sources regarding the attitude and theory to using literature as a language learning aid are referenced. In addition to the theoretical secondary sources the syllabus, as well as the curriculum for non-compulsory school in Sweden is referenced in order to highlight the consciousness teachers should have in relation to the governing aims and objectives in their professional role. The benefits for using literature in the English classroom are presented and developed further a project proposal. The idea being that the project can function as a template for lesson plans over a period of time, beginning with literature and continuing with other activities related to the theme and features of original the source. A description of how the book should be dealt will be presented, including instructions for reading logs and writing tasks. Initial exercises concerning the book can be used a springboard for further study into cultural aspects of the UK for example. Various activities are suggested with the aspiration of creating meaningful learning opportunities that combine the four communication skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
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