Literature As Content vs Literature As Container: The Case of Sherlock Holmes


The presenter teaches literature in English in a city where English is not the first language. In the processes of course design, material search, assignment setting, assessment strategy and the actual classroom interaction with students, the presenter has been made aware of the constant decisions and adjustments necessary as students respond to the materials and activities. The proposed presentation is some reflections about the choice of materials, teaching and learning activities used in the classroom, and how they work or fail to provide an interesting interdisciplinary learning experience for students whose first language is not English. This presentation aims to use the Sherlock Holmes stories as an example to demonstrate and explore how Literature from another culture can be taught in the university classroom in an engaging manner. The presentation reports how this set of materials has been used in the Humanities classroom in the teaching of literature, not only literature as the subject content, but also literature as a container of other skills most useful to university students, including critical thinking, creative communication, emotional literacy. The presentation is arguing that using literature as a container may rejuvenate literature to the contemporary university students, and make the teaching and learning experience a more dynamic and engaging one to both teachers and students.

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Amy Lee Wai Sum, Hong Kong Baptist University, HK

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Conference: LibEuro2014
Stream: Literature - Teaching Literature

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