Edited By Werner Delanoy, Maria Eisenmann and Frauke Matz
Approaches to Plurilingual Literature Teaching in the EFL Classroom
Abstract Our society has undergone two major changes during the last decades: firstly, the continuous rise of cultural and linguistic diversity due to the global economy, migration, and universal mobility, and, secondly, the steady expansion and gathering impetus of the new communication media (Cope/Kalantzis 2000). In consequence, the phenomena related to multilingualism, acquired or learned, have shaped our living together and pertain to our learners in the classroom. Similarly, plurilingual literature, movies, and other art productions have become symbolic expressions for worldwide cross-cultural movements for all age groups.
It will be argued that the particularly creative potential of plurilingual literature, to be found both in its multilingualism and the multi-/transculturalism that come with it, offers a complementary field to teach literature “beyond” the traditional and curriculum-bound EFL classroom and therefore supports multicultural, plurilingual and multimodal learning.