Studiu de specialitate – Should we be teaching Literature in the foreign language classroom?

Autor: prof. Decianu Cristina
Școala Gimnazială Nr. 17 Galați

The controversial question whether we should teach literature to foreign language learners is still unresolved and generates strong reactions on both sides. Critics believe that literary texts employ complex and figurative language, which daily communication does not use (Collie and Slater 1987: 2). Teachers should teach neutral and functional English, which will help students to acquire the necessary competencies. Supporters of teaching literature in schools argue that literary texts enhance learning, develop all skills and foster creativity. Literary texts depict reality; employ a meaningful and disciplined language and note what counts. They arouse feelings and describe what happens in the world. They appeal to the reader who judges the text; explores it and relate to the writing. Continuarea