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Learning with Literature in the EFL Classroom


Edited By Werner Delanoy, Maria Eisenmann and Frauke Matz

Learning with Literature in the EFL Classroom provides a comprehensive, in-depth and state-of-the-art introduction to literature learning in EFL contexts. Paying attention to both theoretical and practical concerns, the study focuses on a wide range of literary genres, different age and ability groups and new topics for literature learning. The 18 contributions discuss present-day challenges for literature teaching in the light of current theoretical debates and offer a balance between theory and practice by combining theoretical input with practical work in the classroom. The volume offers many suggestions for the future of the field and has a varied readership in mind, comprising language teachers, university students and academics.
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Opportunities and Challenges for Transcultural Learning and Global Education via Literature


Laurenz Volkmann

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

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