Literature in Second Language Education: Enhancing the Role of Texts in Learning

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This book proposes the study of literary texts as a vital component of L2 linguistic and cultural knowledge. The research, conducted with students of Italian in Australia, is situated in the wider L2 context, and compared to studies on students' perceptions of English and French literary texts in countries such as Canada, Italy, Australia, Germany and the Ukraine.

The first part of the book takes the debate on the inclusion of literature in language education as a springboard ...

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Overview

This book proposes the study of literary texts as a vital component of L2 linguistic and cultural knowledge. The research, conducted with students of Italian in Australia, is situated in the wider L2 context, and compared to studies on students' perceptions of English and French literary texts in countries such as Canada, Italy, Australia, Germany and the Ukraine.

The first part of the book takes the debate on the inclusion of literature in language education as a springboard for posing crucial questions about how students, and educators, view literature. The theoretical framework draws from educational, linguistic, philosophical and literary theories, and focuses on the role of awareness in learning and the role of the learner's experience. The second part of the book evaluates an innovative approach to teaching and learning L2 literature, and discusses the application of this to the language classroom. 

Containing a balance of theoretical and practical concerns, this book will be invaluable reading for researchers of applied linguistics and second language acquisition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441149923
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/29/2011
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Piera Carroli is Convener of Italian Studies at the Australian National University, Australia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Quo Vadimus? 1

1 The Role of Literature in Language Education: Background, Debates, Research and Educational Practice 6

2 An Eclectic Approach to Research into Literature in L2 Language Education 20

3 Students' Perceptions of Literature 32

4 Students' Experiences of Literary Texts: Linking Perceptions of Literature and Study Approaches to Students' Learning Outcomes 56

5 Linking Research to Practice: A Pedagogy of Awareness and Change 96

Conclusion: Enhancing Literature in L2 Language Education - Intersections of Research and Practice 183

App Survey; Interview Guide; Some Practical Ideas and Applications 191

Bibliography 199

Index 209

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