Enjoying Literature: An Introduction to Young Adult Literature and English Classics in High School
Navarro Morlans, Ares
Universitat de Lleida. Facultat d'Educació, Psicologia i Treball Social
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The use of literature in language teaching has been a controversial issue for several decades. Some of the reasons for said disregard of literature are the belief that literature is too complicated for learners and that young learners are not usually interested in reading. Nevertheless, in the last 30 years, research has focused on literature as a powerful resource for the English as a Foreign Language classroom, mainly for its linguistic, cultural, and personal values. Although most English curriculums favour simplified adaptations of famous classics, some advocate for the teaching of current popular books, which tend to have a better response amongst teenagers. These books are often found under the same genre: Young Adult Literature (YAL). By resorting to YAL and literature in education as main theoretical framework, the aim of this dissertation is to design a didactic unit based on a popular Young Adult novel, A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (2017), in order to (1) promote reading amongst young adult learners of English, (2) promote the use of YAL as an adequate reading choice, and (3) prove the possibility of using YAL as introduction to literary classics.
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