TEACHING OF LITERATURE IN THE CONTEXT OF ELT: AN ILLUSTRATION

TEACHING OF LITERATURE IN THE CONTEXT OF ELT: AN ILLUSTRATION

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  • LCC Subject Category: English Language, Literature, Linguistics
  • Publisher's keywords: TEACHING OF LITERATURE, ELT
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    Dr. R. V. Anuradha

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ABSTRACT

Literature as a favourable tool for English language teaching/learning has often been neglected and hence study of literature has been eliminated from the English language curriculum. In fact language and literature go hand in hand in enhancing the learning experiences of a L2 learner because literature is a rich language learning source. Even the textbooks prescribed for language study also fail to speak about the artistic making of a literary piece and its aesthetic effect. The textbooks are prepared only with a language orientation and do not regard the literary value of a given poem prescribed for study. ELT practitioners need to sensitize students towards the literary competencies to be sensitive to the various styles, forms, conventions etc. of language. This paper underscores the importance of study of literature in English language learning at the under graduate (UG) level in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where study of literature is relegated into the background in preference to language orientation. An attempt is made to discuss the viewpoints of great scholars like Widdowson, Littlewood, Brumfit and Carter, Collie and Slater, and Lazar, to name a few, on using Literature in the study of language. Notions like Defamiliarization and Foregrounding are used in the analysis of a selected poem by way of illustration. The conceptual framework provided in this paper can be applied to analyze and interpret any literary work in TESL classrooms to enhance the language learning experience.

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