Young adult literature and its role in the English classroom
In this essay, I explore the potentials of a specific young adult novel in relation to research literature on the topic of young adult literature and its use in the English classroom. I look at the young adult novel The Giver written by Lois Lowry and discuss various approaches to teaching English with the book as core material. I give concrete suggestions for how to use the novel in the classroom, in the form of a book project integrating the four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking, and by referring to the Swedish curriculum and syllabuses as well as relevant pedagogical literature. The aim of this essay is to be a source of inspiration and material for teachers who want to include young adult literature in English language teaching. I want to show that young adult fiction has a role in second language teaching, and provides a good way of giving the learners valuable knowledge not only about the English language itself but also about the fundamental values upon which our society is built.
Young adult literature
SPL kandidat, interdisciplinär, engelska