Literature in EFL teaching : the application for advanced Chinese learners

  • Shao Jing-fen

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis


    This field study report covers three major areas:
    1. the general significance of using literature in advanced Chinese EFL class
    2. the approach to literature in the language classes
    3. criteria for the selection of texts for advanced Chinese EFL learners
    The general significance of using literature in advanced EFL classes is that 1) literature has human relevance
    in that literature broadens the mind and promotes personal development; 2) literature provides a useful
    vehicle for teaching second language skills; 3) wide reading in literature will help in developing communicative
    competence, because literature provides knowledge about culture and examples of language in discourse.
    In searching for an ideal accroach to incorporating literature into language teaching, a thematic approach to
    Australian literature is proposed, the advantages of which have been discussed in detail. A sample of a thematic
    unit on "images of woman in early Australian literature" illustrates how to use a thematic approach in China's social
    context. This study argues for the inclusion of poetry for its linguistic and cultural values. A sample lesson on
    teaching "The Man from Snowy River" is given.
    Finally the study points out that ethical values, linguistic and stylistic appropriateness of the texts, student interest, and the background knowledge required should be the main concerns in selecting texts for advanced Chinese learners. A list of suggested texts in thematic grouping is given.
    Date of Award1983
    Original languageEnglish

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