Teaching Young Adult Fiction
Frauke Matz & Anne Stieger
Abstract Before the turn of the century, Young Adult fiction was hardly ever taught in schools, but has since become a part of many national curricula for (foreign) languages. This is not only due to the changed nature of language teaching, but also because Young Adult fiction itself has changed considerably, especially since the 1990s, in terms of content, style and genres. Also, it has never been so widely read and published: between 1995 and 2005 alone there has been a 25% increase in the publication of English language novels for young adults (cf. Cart as quoted in Beach et al. 2011).
This article will provide a brief and general definition of Young Adult fiction and provide a rationale for its use in today’s (EFL) classrooms. It will further give suggestions as to how to find and choose these fictional texts for adolescents, as well as how to use them as class readers. The main focus of this contribution is on Young Adult novels, but it will also consider short fiction.