Using literature in ELT

Authored by: Geoff Hall

The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415747394
eBook ISBN: 9781315676203
Adobe ISBN: 9781317384472

10.4324/9781315676203.ch32

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Abstract

Literature can inspire, excite and intrigue, and engagement and inspiration are desirable in education of all kinds. In this chapter, I argue that using literature in ELT can be useful to expand language learners’ vocabulary, awareness of register, genre and linguistic knowledge generally. But a stronger claim that I shall also make is that the ways in which language is used in literary texts are actually centrally relevant to the needs of students in a wide range of situations in everyday life.

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