Title

Effectiveness of Using Literature for Teaching English Language Writing Skills

Subject Area

Foreign Language Pedagogy

Abstract

This study sought to consider and examine the effectiveness of using American literature as a significant tool for teaching the writing skills of the English language. The theoretical part of the study elaborated on the utility of literature in English language classrooms. As well, the study presented a clarification of the major factors and rationales for deciding on appropriate genres of literary texts in EFL classes in order to prepare EFL readers and make them aware of the fundamental reasons reasons why EFL instructors are suggested to use literary texts, amongst which comes acculturation of students about the culture of the target language. Furthermore, EFL writing skills through literature, advantages of various kinds of genres of literature to ELT and some issues encountered by ELT instructors in EFL settings where teaching occurs via the vehicle of literature are considered in the present study. Implications for pedagogy and recommendations for curriculum design have been suggested.

Brief Bio Note

Professor Mohammed A. Zaid is professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL in the Faculty of Languages & Translation, King Khalid University. He published copiously on issues related to the use of literature in foreign language teaching. He also published on the effectiveness of using technology in enhancing reading and writing skills.

Keywords

Literature, Writing, Foreign language, EFL, ELT

Location

Room 217

Presentation Year

2015

Start Date

3-26-2015 10:30 AM

End Date

3-26-2015 11:45 AM

Embargo

5-23-2017

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Effectiveness of Using Literature for Teaching English Language Writing Skills

Room 217

This study sought to consider and examine the effectiveness of using American literature as a significant tool for teaching the writing skills of the English language. The theoretical part of the study elaborated on the utility of literature in English language classrooms. As well, the study presented a clarification of the major factors and rationales for deciding on appropriate genres of literary texts in EFL classes in order to prepare EFL readers and make them aware of the fundamental reasons reasons why EFL instructors are suggested to use literary texts, amongst which comes acculturation of students about the culture of the target language. Furthermore, EFL writing skills through literature, advantages of various kinds of genres of literature to ELT and some issues encountered by ELT instructors in EFL settings where teaching occurs via the vehicle of literature are considered in the present study. Implications for pedagogy and recommendations for curriculum design have been suggested.