Alternative Worlds – Alternative Texts: Teaching (Young Adult) Dystopian Novels
Abstract This article demonstrates that the dystopian genre is very suitable within the EFL classroom to encourage students to develop a political awareness and to foster critical thinking. Dystopias can help to involve students in many different discourses as they offer multiple opportunities to discuss global concerns, to teach according to ecodidactic principles, and to foster inter- and transcultural competences.
Of course, students have read and discussed classical dystopias for many decades. While these texts can be regarded as very important and even genre-defining, it is advisable to replace them in classrooms with contemporary (young adult) dystopian novels for many reasons as explained within this article, which illustrates how these recent novels can be employed in EFL teaching contexts.