Classic literature in the ESL classroom

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Publication Student thesis
Title Classic literature in the ESL classroom
Author(s) Stråhed, Ellinor
Date 2010
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The aim of this study is to investigate how some teachers use classic literature in the ESL classroom. It is a qualitative study based on interviews with six teachers, all of them at upper secondary school. The classic literature of the English-speaking world has done much in shaping Western society as we know it, and thus it is important for the students of English as a second language to have at least some knowledge of the literature of the past. The syllabuses for English B and C also require it. My findings were that the teachers interviewed all saw classic texts as very important but challenging. Therefore, the texts introduced must suit the needs and interests of the students. There is also a language barrier to consider. However, classic texts can also be introduced through the use of films. Key words: English as a foreign language, classic literature, teacher views and attitudes, teacher experience
Publisher Malmö högskola/Lärarutbildningen
Pages 68
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) classic literature
ESL teaching
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