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The Journal of English Language and Literature , Vol.54, No.2, 189 ~ 216, 2008
Children`s Literature in Teaching English As a Foreign Language: A Study of Literary Text Application
김혜리 Hae Ri Kim , 권수옥 Soo Ok Kwen
This study proposes using children`s literature as a means of teaching and learning English as a foreign language and suggests practical strategies on the basis of transactional theory of reading suggested by Rosenblatt (1994, 1995). This study suggests three novels written for children or young adults: On My Honor (1986) by Marion Dane Bauer, The Giver (1993) by Lois Lowry and Hatchet (1987) by Gary Paulsen. These texts were selected because of their diverse topics, easy and comprehensible language, engaging stories, and authentic and rich expressions, making them effective materials for foreign language learners. This paper is organized as follows: First, it reviews research on teaching literature in English education and response-oriented language teaching to provide theoretical background of literature-based language teaching and learning. Second, it provides the background of the texts selected for the study. Third, it develops diverse, practical strategies for instructors who intend to use children`s literature in EFL teaching. We expect to guide EFL instructors in adopting children`s literature in their English class by connecting theory and practice and by providing diverse methods and strategies, and sample responses by EFL university students.
Key Words
아동문학, 영어교육, 상호교통이론, 읽기 전략, 언어기능 통합지도, Children`s Literature, English teaching, Transactional theory of reading, Reading strategies, Integrating four Language skills,영미문학, 문화연구, 비교문학, 비평이론, English and American Literature, cultural studies, comparative literature, critical theory
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