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Literature and Language Teaching : A Guide for Teachers and Trainers - Gillian Lazar

Literature and Language Teaching

A Guide for Teachers and Trainers

Paperback Published: 29th March 1993
ISBN: 9780521406512
Number Of Pages: 284

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Literature and Language Teaching is for teachers and trainers who want to incorporate literature into the language classroom. It can be used as a resource by trainers working with groups of teachers, by teacher development groups or by teachers working on their own. Literature and Language Teaching contains tasks and activities which: - encourage reflection on some of the issues and debates involved in using literature in the language classroom - explore different approaches to using literature with teenage and adult learners at all levels - suggest criteria for selecting and evaluating materials for classroom use - identify some of the distinctive features of novels, short stories, poems and plays so that these can be successfully exploited in the classroom - provide a wide range of practical ideas and activities for developing materials which teachers can use with their own learners - encourage the observation and assessment of lessons using literacy texts - draw on literary texts in English by a variety of authors from all over the world. Each section is designed to be self-contained so that users can select what is most relevant to their purpose. A key to the tasks and activities is provided, as well as guidelines for teacher trainers which suggest different ways of using the activities as part of a training programme.

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"'Literature and Language Teaching' is a valuable resource for teachers....They may also find very practical and useful suggestions for classroom activities. Above all, the book is an excellent resource to organize teacher training sessions around a variety of tasks which are clearly explained and structured and pedagogically sound." Mireia Trenchs, The Canadian Modern Language Review

Using literature in the language classroom: The issuesp. 1
What is literature?p. 1
The reader and the textp. 5
What is distinctive about the language of literature?p. 8
Literary competence and the language classroomp. 11
Why use literature in the language classroom?p. 14
Approaches to using literature with the language learnerp. 22
An overviewp. 22
A language-based approach to using literaturep. 27
Stylistics in the classroomp. 31
Literature as content: How far to go?p. 35
Literature for personal enrichment: Involving studentsp. 39
The role of metalanguagep. 43
Selecting and evaluating materialsp. 48
Selecting textsp. 48
Evaluating learning materials which make use of literary textsp. 56
Reading literature cross-culturallyp. 62
Being a studentp. 62
A consideration of cultural aspects in textsp. 65
Strategies for overcoming cultural problemsp. 67
Materials design and lesson planning: Novels and short storiesp. 71
Writing your own storyp. 71
Distinctive features of a short storyp. 72
Anticipating student problems when using a short storyp. 75
Planning a lesson for use with a short storyp. 77
Further tasks and activities for use with a short storyp. 83
Designing your own materials for use with a short storyp. 86
Using novels in the language classroomp. 89
Materials design and lesson planning: Poetryp. 94
Putting a poem back together againp. 94
What is distinctive about poetry?p. 96
Why use poetry with the language learner?p. 99
Exploiting unusual language featuresp. 101
Helping students with figurative meaningsp. 104
Using poetry with lower levelsp. 109
Using poetry to develop oral skillsp. 116
Using a poem with students at higher levelsp. 121
Anticipating student problemsp. 127
Further tasks and activitiesp. 129
Materials design and lesson planning: Playsp. 133
What is distinctive about plays?p. 133
The language of a playp. 134
The performance of a playp. 135
Why use plays in the language learning classroom?p. 136
Using play extracts to think about language in conversationp. 138
Using play extracts to improve students' oral skillsp. 146
Using play extracts with lower levelsp. 152
Anticipating student problemsp. 155
Further activities for play extractsp. 159
Using a whole play with studentsp. 161
Reflecting on the literature lessonp. 167
Thinking about observationp. 167
General observation of the literature lessonp. 170
Micro-tasks for reflecting on specific areas of teachingp. 170
Observing a studentp. 176
Other ways of monitoring your teachingp. 178
Literature and self-accessp. 179
What is a literature self-access centre?p. 179
Why have a literature self-access centre?p. 179
A simulation: First meeting for planning and setting up a literature self-access centrep. 180
Second meeting for setting up a literature self-accessp. 182
Setting up a literature self-access centre: A case studyp. 182
Worksheets to guide students in their readingp. 185
Answer keyp. 189
Trainer's notesp. 216
Bibliographyp. 255
Appendix: Eveline by James Joycep. 259
Indexp. 263
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521406512
ISBN-10: 052140651X
Series: Cambridge Teacher Training and Development
Audience: English as a Second Language (ESL)
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 29th March 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41

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