Performative Approaches and Innovative Methods
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