Opportunities and Challenges for Transcultural Learning and Global Education via Literature
Abstract In the context of current trends towards featuring transcultural and global learning in EFL teaching, literature has been advocated as offering plentiful opportunities not just for developing intercultural communicative competences, but also for understanding other cultures and creating empathy, openness and tolerance. However, since working with literary texts aims at enhancing the skills of critical-reflexive readings or literary literacy, the analysing and understanding of literary texts seems to aim at mutually contradictory ends when unveiling those very mechanisms at work in a literary text which are used to invite readers to identify with otherness and difference. This pedagogic and didactic dilemma and its various implications will be discussed in this contribution, which provides a survey of the exploration of global issues and transculturalism through literature, covering the fields of teaching goals, development of competences, topic focus, text selection and relevant tasks.
1 Global Issues and Literature