Beyond Traditional Approaches and Methodologies: The New Roles of Texts


With the recent focus on bringing technology into learning environments and creating
concept-based curricula, the role of a text in English as a Second Language education
remained unchanged. At the same time, Language Acquisition has begun taking place
outside of classrooms with no consideration of emerging and developing trends.
Through a thorough study of academic journals and language publications, this paper
will critically analyse the traditional approaches to texts in English Language
Teaching. It will then indicate the incipient opportunities for various types of texts to
become a means to equip individuals with language tools beyond traditional
approaches and methodologies. Subsequently, it will present how a classroom can be
turned into not only a cultural interpolation but also a favourable environment in
which learners can practice their interdisciplinary recognition and their critical
thinking skills. As a result, the focus from ‘what to teach’ which entails standard
reading comprehension tasks introducing language in context is shifted onto ‘how and
why’, to provide learners with strategies and occasions to experience, exploit and
process a text in order to be ready to take a stand in the modern world.

Author Information
Natalia Zajaczkowska, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland

Paper Information
Conference: ECLL2019
Stream: Culture and Language

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