Literature in Second Language Learning


Course overview

This course is divided into two main parts. The first part introduces students to the study of stylistics. In these lectures students firstly learn about the different ways that language can be used in literary texts. At the same time they are encouraged to understand how these different uses of language can contribute to an interpretation of a particular literary text. This series of lectures therefore draws on a variety of poems and short stories and students are encouraged to bring along poems they would like to discuss. In conjunction with this focus on stylistics students are helped to see how they might use poems (and other literature) in the language classroom and how they might exploit the language features of this literature for the second language learner. 

The second part of the course focuses more particularly on how the novel, the short story and the play could most effectively be taught in the second language classroom. Students read a novel chosen together as a class and the lecturer uses this novel as a practical example to demonstrate how the novel as a genre could be used in the classroom. In addition, students "take part" in lessons designed to demonstrate the effective teaching of short stories and plays. There is also a focus in the course on the "second language reader" and on how to motivate the second language learner to read extensively.    

Availability 2022

Not taught in 2022




Coursework only


LANGTCHG 310: 15 points


LANGTCHG 101 or 202, or 30 points at Stage II or III, or approval of the Academic Head or nominee