Teaching Literature in the Languages / Edition 1

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Overview

In Teaching Literature in the Languages, Professor Nance focuses on two fundamental questions. How can teachers enable and encourage more language students to read literature today? What can teachers do to increase the likelihood that more language students will become lifelong readers of literature?

“Students need to read for themselves, think critically about what they read, and then express and develop their responses through discussion and writing. For a number of reasons literature teachers have not always been successful at engaging all students in those endeavors, a situation that has drawn fair questions about the role of literature in language curricula. Literature teachers in the languages must find ways to extend engagement with literature–and the benefits it confers–to all of our students.”

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Meet the Author

Born in Maryland but growing up mainly in Southern California, where she first learned Spanish from her neighbors, Kimberly Nance earned a BA in the Teaching of Spanish, MA in Hispanic Literature, and PhD in Latin American Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. Currently she directs the Graduate School at Illinois State University, where she is a Professor of Latin American Literature in the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures as well as a former department chair. From 2000 - 2005 she served on the MLA Executive Committee for the Division on the Teaching of Literature. She has also chaired Midwest MLA divisions on History of Critical Reception, Latin American Literature, Short Story, Peace Literature &

Pedagogy, and Multicultural Literature in the Classroom. Her 3 books, 25 articles, and 64 conference papers span a range of topics on literature, culture, and teaching. Her recent book Can Literature Promote Justice? (Vanderbilt) was honored with an American Library Association Choice award.

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Table of Contents

Unit One Classroom and cultural contexts for the teaching of literature

1 Why should language students study literature?

2 What do language students bring to the literature classroom? Knowledge, skills, attitudes, and expectations

3 What do teachers bring to literature classes in the languages? Knowledge, skills, attitudes, and expectations

Unit Two Expanding the community of readers: Promoting engagement in second language literature classes

4 Terms of engagement in the literature classroom: Practice and theory

5 Assembling the tools: Equipping students to read literary texts

6 Coming to terms with the literary text: Reading for engagement

7 From literary analysis and argument toward independent reading

8 Composing and conducting a class: Ethics and mechanics

Unit Three Larger contexts and long range planning

9 Literature in the language curriculum: Structures and articulation

10 Accountability and engagement: Grading, evaluation, and assessment

11 Preparation and support for literature teachers

Appendix : Sample syllabi, assignment sheets, course handouts and exam questions

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