Literature in Language Education

Literature in Language Education

by G. Hall


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Surprisingly little is known empirically about the use of literature in language education. Despite the popularity of literature, claims for its value in education rest more on speculation and assertion than on real understanding of the contribution it might make to greater language proficiency. This book carefully details what is known of the language of literature, the reading of literature and the uses of literature in language education, including assessment and principles of curriculum, and the relations of literary understanding to developing intercultural competence. Key studies are highlighted for what they tell us, as well as for the questions they leave unanswered. The book also incorporates pointers towards the kind of research now needed and practical guidance on how it might be carried out, including an extensive and up-to-date guide to resources, a glossary and very inclusive references.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403943361
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 09/08/2005
Series: Research and Practice in Applied Linguistics
Edition description: 2005
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

GEOFF HALL is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Applied Language Studies, Swansea University, Wales, UK. He is Assistant Editor of the journal Language and Literature, and has taught, published and trained teachers in literature, language and education in a number of different countries and contexts.

Table of Contents

General Editors' Prefacex
Introduction: Literature as Discourse1
Part 1Language, Literature and Education
1Literary Language and Ordinary Language9
1.1The language of literature: Formalist approaches11
1.2Oracy, literacy and literature18
Style and variation in Biber's corpus linguistic studies22
Speech representation in literature24
1.3Literariness and creativity in everyday language use26
Formulaicity and creativity27
1.4Dialogics: literature as discourse32
2Literature in Education39
2.1The literary curriculum: origins and evolution41
The origins and evolution of modern schooled literary study: The UK context42
The origins and evolution of modern schooled literary study: English as a colonial project45
2.2Literature in second language teaching47
Traditional approaches49
Communicative approaches51
Clt and 'theory': culture and discourse56
Literature in slt: conclusion58
2.3Assessing literary reading59
Assessing literature in L1 education59
Assessing literature in L2 education63
2.4Literature into cultural studies66
Literature, discourse, culture66
Literature, language, culture in second language learning73
3Reading Literature83
3.2Reader response criticism84
Ideal readers, super-readers and real readers95
3.3Real readers of literature96
Literary reading: empirical findings from cognitive psychology97
Educational research104
3.4SL reading and SL reading of literature111
Second language literature readers114
Language issues116
Extensive reading121
Part 2Exploring Research in Language, Literature and Education
4Language in Literature. Stylistics, including Corpus Linguistics. Readability Studies129
4.2Corpus stylistics133
Corpus linguistic investigation: metaphor135
Corpus linguistic investigation: poetic deviance136
4.3Simplification, readability and graded readers138
5Educational Perspectives141
5.1Curriculum and syllabus141
Syllabus document analysis: England and Wales National Curriculum document (1995)142
Second language literature syllabuses145
5.3Literature in the classroom150
5.4Literature and intercultural education154
'The Ealing Project'154
6Readers Reading Literature160
6.1Researching the reading of literature: cognitive studies160
6.2Reading poetry: protocol studies162
Kintgen (1983): Expert readers of poetry162
De Beaugrande: Ordinary readers of poetry164
Hanauer: Second language readers of poetry166
6.3Reading stories169
Vipond and Hunt: 'point-driven' reading169
Reading a short story in a second language172
6.4Affect in literary reading175
Part 3Researching Literature in Language Education
7Research Methods for LLE, with Examples189
7.1Experimental research190
7.3Survey research197
7.4Case studies200
7.5Ethnography of LLE: critical literacies208
8Carrying out Your Own Research Project in LLE213
8.1General considerations213
8.2Some possible projects for literature in LLE220
Part 4Resources
9A Guide to Resources for Research in LLE235
9.3Professional organisations240
9.4Other resources241
Name Index271
Subject Index276

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