Using Literature to Teach English as a Second Language

Using Literature to Teach English as a Second Language

Veronica Membrive (University of Almeria, Spain) and Madalina Armie (University of Almeria, Spain)
Release Date: May, 2020|Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 267|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4670-3
ISBN13: 9781799846703|ISBN10: 1799846709|EISBN13: 9781799846710|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799851448


Innovation has replaced stereotypical and old methods as an attempt to make English language teaching and learning appealing, effective, and simple. However, teaching a second language through literature may be a paramount tool to consolidate not only students’ lexical and grammatical competences, but also for the development of their cultural awareness and broadening of their knowledge through interaction and collaboration that foster collective learning. Despite past difficulties, literature’s position in relation to language teaching can be revendicated and revalued.

Using Literature to Teach English as a Second Language is an essential research publication that exposes the current state of this methodological approach and observes its reverberations, usefulness, strengths, and weaknesses when used in a classroom where English is taught as a second language. In this way, this book will provide updated tools to explore teaching and learning through the most creative and enriching manifestations of one language – literature. Featuring a range of topics such as diversity, language learning, and plurilingualism, this book is ideal for academicians, curriculum designers, administrators, education professionals, researchers, and students.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Didactics
  • Diversity
  • Higher Education
  • Inclusivity
  • K-12 Education
  • Language Learning
  • Literacy
  • Plurilingualism
  • Special Education
  • Teaching Literature

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Verónica Membrive studied English and earned a Master’s Degree in English Studies in 2011. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Almería (2017) on Irish travel writers in Spain during the twentieth-century. She has delivered papers on Walter Starkie, Kate O’Brien and Pearse Hutchison and their travels in Spain. She is currently teaching English at the University of Almería. Her field of research is Irish Literature, with a special focus on the relationships between Ireland and Spain. She has been awarded the International George Campbell Award for her research on Hiberno-Spanish cultural relations (University of Málaga, 2018).