Literature in Language Teaching Any Unvetted SIG Forum

(Re) Imagining literature in language education

Sat, Jul 9, 10:00-11:30 Asia/Tokyo

Location: F21 HYBRID

The goal of content-based instruction (CBI) is to teach the subject—not the language—with the goal of providing genuine topics that interest and motivate the student beyond what many sterile language textbooks achieve. Literature is a creative product aimed at stimulating interest, so as a CBI subject it perhaps has the greatest potential to engage EFL students. Literature ranges from six-word memoirs, to comic books, to lengthy novels: it's creativity knows no bounds. As literature is a creative product, so too are the methods for using literature in language education. This forum mimics the theme of the conference : (Re) Imagining Language Education. How do you use literature to engage your students?

In this LiLT forum, we would like to address this topic. Presenters will share their experiences in how they use literature in their classroom.

Integral to the forum's success is audience participation; questions and insights will be solicited and greatly appreciated. Non-members and LiLT members alike are encouraged to attend and enrich our friendly and inclusive forum.

  • John Maune

    John Maune is a professor in the Hokusei University Junior College English Department, Sapporo, Japan, where he teaches content-based courses in both biology and literature. He is currently serving a two-year sentence as department head. His research interests include evolutionary aspects, critical transgressions, ambiguity and extremes in literature, brain-based education and motivation in language learning, and Shakespeare studies, especially relating to Coriolanus.

  • Sue Fraser Osada

    Currently teaching courses on Literature, Writing, and Presentation Skills; has published on topics including Motivation, Fluency, and Literature in FLT; and is co-author of several books for Japanese high school students on grammar, vocabulary, and writing skills.

  • Jeremy Redlich

    Jeremy Redlich is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Culture at Fuji Women's University in Sapporo. One of his main teaching and research interests lies in combining literary studies with communicative language teaching in a CLIL learning environment.

  • Andrew Decker

    Andrew Decker is a specially appointed lecturer at Kansai University in Osaka. He was a senior lecturer at a partner university in the US where he graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing. His research interests include literature in language teaching, task-based language learning, and student-produced and -selected materials.

  • Steven Pattison

    Steven Pattison teaches English at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan. His research and teaching interests include L2 reading; pragmatics; and stylistics. He is currently interested in the intersection between stylistics and cultural analysis of literary texts as a medium for language learning and teaching.