Language-literature integration in high-school EFL education: Investigating students’ perspectives

Viana, Vander ORCID: and Zyngier, Sonia (2020) Language-literature integration in high-school EFL education: Investigating students’ perspectives. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 14 (4). pp. 347-361. ISSN 1750-1229

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The use of literature in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) environments has had a long and controversial history. Currently, literature has returned to the language classroom once similarities between literary texts and everyday communication have been identified. However, literature is generally approached in a reductionist way in which students are expected to extract information from texts rather than experience them. The workshop investigated here innovates by engaging students in meaningful aesthetic creations. Our study contributes to research on an under-investigated topic, namely, the integration of literature in EFL education in a high-school context. It analyzes Brazilian students’ perceived learning/teaching gains/losses empirically after their completion of a language-literature integrated workshop unit on iconicity. The findings of this rigorous bottom-up analysis show students’ positive attitude, particularly regarding the teaching strategies, creative (or otherwise) exercises proposed, life and educational relevance of the workshop, and content/language learning. This article provides original empirical ground for the integration of language and literature in high-school EFL education, which stimulates autonomy and moves away from approaches where students tend to repeat interpretations validated by teachers or critics. Its significance expands beyond the focal country given that the improvement of students’ literacy is a major need observed in several countries (e.g. United Nation’s fourth development goal on ‘quality education’).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: english as a foreign language,high school,teaching,language-literature integration,student perspectives,education,language and linguistics,linguistics and language,sdg 4 - quality education ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3304
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Language in Education
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2019 10:30
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2024 15:32
DOI: 10.1080/17501229.2019.1608999

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