Learning from the margins: Teaching language, culture and communication through world literature in the EFL classroom

Sandhya Rao Mehta*, Rahma Al-Mahrooqi

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While the debate on using literature in the language classroom continues unabated, the discussion of exactly what kind of literature would best reflect the changing requirements of EFL students around the world in the twenty-first century remains largely unexplored. This paper, while re-visiting the route that literature has historically taken in the language classroom, suggests that the various purposes of learning English as a foreign language are best achieved not only by the English literary canon as it has been established, but also through a careful selection of international works which represent multiple human experiences. If the primary purpose of learning English is to be able to communicate in an increasingly intercultural context in a language which is constantly expanding and evolving, literary texts from across the world will be able to successfully give the learner at a tertiary level access to diverse cultural experiences and equip them to discuss a variety of global concerns, thus enhancing their critical thinking abilities as well as associated skills in intercultural communication. Using the learning models of Carter and Long (1991) and the works of Shridhar (1982) and Matsuda (2003) on the selection of appropriate texts, this paper suggests, using a specific example, that, while literature remains a significant component of language teaching, a more focused approach to texts which are more relevant to EFL learners' linguistic, communicative and intercultural skills is urgently required.

اللغة الأصليةEnglish
عنوان منشور المضيفBridging the Gap between Education and Employment
العنوان الفرعي لمنشور المضيفEnglish Language Instruction in EFL Contexts
ناشرPeter Lang AG
عدد الصفحات18
مستوى الصوت198
رقم المعيار الدولي للكتب (الإلكتروني)9783035108422
رقم المعيار الدولي للكتب (المطبوع)9783034316811
المعرِّفات الرقمية للأشياء
حالة النشرPublished - ديسمبر 18 2015

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