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Personal Growth through Literature: A Case Study of Using Letters From the Inside in Teaching for Swedish Lower Secondary School
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates ways in which literature, in this case the novel Letters From the Inside, can be used in teaching English and how it can support personal growth. The teaching is undertaken in the context of reader response, which basically means that readers use their previous knowledge to interact with texts. Langer’s envisionments and Chambers’ Tell me-approach serve as the theoretical framework; both are related to each other and to personal growth. The selection of books is discussed and the importance of choosing a book that is relevant for the pupils is pointed out, as well as the obvious statement that motivation rises when the chosen novel is appreciated by the reader who has affinity with the characters. Conclusions drawn are that personal growth is a wide concept, for which interaction is important, since it may increase the understanding of others. A tolerant and safe classroom environment is necessary, especially if you want pupils to discuss personal and perhaps, subjects that are sensitive to them.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 39 p.
Keyword [en]
Personal growth, development, literature, understanding, envisionment, Tell me-approach, booktalk, self-confidence
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61673OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-61673DiVA: diva2:1084347
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English
Educational program
Teacher Education Programme for Upper Secondary School, 300/330 credits
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Available from: 2017-03-24 Created: 2017-03-24 Last updated: 2017-03-24Bibliographically approved

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