The Goal of Teaching Literature: Global Citizenship beyond Narrow Boarders?


This paper aims to shed light on some important issues related to teaching literature in the global context. It seeks to find out new ways of applying the research to the teaching and learning of literature. Literature has been used for literacy for many, aesthetic pleasure for some and inspiration for some. Similarly the purpose of reading Shakespeare is different for a language student from the management or a law student. For example, traditionally drama is studied as a visual art and research is done in analyzing the characters, characterization, dramatic devices etc. But today, drama is not stories told in action. Drama is human beings confronted by situations that change them because of what they must face in dealing with those challenges. The teaching of literature can be seen as a means of introducing learners to such a serious view of our world. In this context, designing course materials to meet the needs of the learners is a big challenge to a teacher. In recent years, there has been a growing international interest in designing academic courses specific to work-related needs. Task -based learning offers an alternative for teachers and research scholars. The writer wants to share the experiences and the challenges in the process of teaching/learning literature in the global context and would like to discuss the unique opportunities literature provides in turning the learners as global citizens and expanding the concept of education to beyond narrow borders.

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Phani kiran, Al-Jouf University, Saudi Arabia

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Conference: LibrAsia2015
Stream: Librarianship - Digital humanities

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