AbstractThis 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 Award||1983|