Theories, Practices, Policies- Foreword by Indira V. Samarasekera
13. Teaching Literature in English for Brazilian Undergraduate Students: Challenges and Possibilities Roberto Bezerra da Silva 173
CHAPTER 13 Teaching Literature in English for Brazilian Undergraduate Students: Challenges and Possibilities Roberto Bezerra da Silva This study derives from an ongoing research on teaching literature in English for un- dergraduate students in Brazil, a project whose objective is to investigate challenges and possibilities in this context, which has not been sufficiently probed by academic reflection so far. The research is grounded on data collected from my own praxis as a literature professor, which will be dealt with herein, and interviews with other profes- sors of the same discipline in Brazil, which will be conducted and analyzed in the sub- sequent stages of the research. The data will be discussed in light of the critical literacy perspective, which provides a suitable approach for advancing pedagogical inquiry and experimentation in such courses. This paper concentrates on the analysis and discussion of the data collected from students in my own classes during the first term of 2008 (mid-February through mid- June), and it aims at addressing issues regarding pre-service teachers’ responses to learning and teaching literature. The discussion of such data is meant to provoke a reflection about broader questions, namely: What does it mean to interpret literary texts in English for Brazilian students whose command of the language is still tenta- tive? How can such work become a socially meaningful experience? How can critical literacy take place through literary teaching? Which texts should be used? What kind of classroom interaction suits the critical approach? By defining critical literacy as its...
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