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Learning with Literature in the EFL Classroom

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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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Performative Approaches and Innovative Methods

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Nancy Grimm & Julia Hammer

Abstract This paper will explore the potential of performative approaches to and innovative methods of teaching literature, and trace the development of skills and competences for up-to-date communicative literature teaching in the EFL classroom. It provides a survey of approaches to the teaching of literature, ranging from performative to innovative, productive, and media-based activities. A combination of didactic reflections and guidelines for converting theory to practice aims at illustrating that performative approaches and innovative methods should become part and parcel of our teaching of literature in the EFL classroom. To demonstrate this, the authors of this paper have chosen to focus especially on providing pre-, while- and post-reading tasks as practical examples of how performative approaches and innovative methods make literary texts come alive in the EFL classroom.

1 Why We Need Literature

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