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Teaching literature in upper-secondary English class: A qualitative study of Swedish teachers' approaches and experiences
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The reasons for incorporating literature in foreign language classrooms range from increased language proficiency and gaining cultural experience to increasing literary knowledge. In Swedish upper-secondary school, literature inclusion is advocated by the course curriculum, but with few specifics as to how teachers should approach it. This study investigates how teachers approach literature teaching, what their ideals for their teaching are, and what difficulties they experience when teaching. These questions were addressed in semi-structured interviews with seven upper-secondary school teachers. The data was analyzed using Content Analysis.

The results show that the teachers viewed the role of literature as a way to enhance students’ social and cultural awareness, as well as their language proficiency. The teachers emphasized maintaining and cultivating students’ interests by choosing literature that contain themes relatable and interesting to students, as well as by enthusing students when introducing the texts. When working with the texts the most common assignments and exercises were based on literary analysis and subjective student reflection. The biggest constraint perceived by the teachers were unmotivated and uninterested students. A possible conclusion to be drawn from the research is that it is increasingly important for teachers to connect to students’ needs and interests when incorporating literature. A suggestion for further research is therefore to investigate students’ perceptions and experiences with literature in English class. In addition, the efficiency of literature teaching approaches needs to be researched, as this area is fairly unexplored. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 24
Series
LÄRARUTBILDNINGEN
Keyword [en]
upper-secondary school, teaching English, approaches to literature, EFL, language proficiency, literary analysis, extensive reading, reflective exercises
Keyword [sv]
gymnasieskola, litteratur i Engelska, läsning av skönlitterature
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-38332OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-38332DiVA: diva2:1177161
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English
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Available from: 2018-01-30 Created: 2018-01-24 Last updated: 2018-01-30Bibliographically approved

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