Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Language Teaching Through Literature ELT 305 5 6 + 0 6 8
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language English
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Compulsory
Course Coordinator Arş.Gör. ALİ İLYA
Course Lecturers
Course Assistants

Res. Assist. Burcu KOÇ

Course Category Field Proper Education
Course Objective

The present course aims to teach the students how to relate the two independent braches, namely literature and language teaching, to each other by manifesting the commonalities, presenting the methods and approaches along with their assumptions, asking them to have a critical look at practice samples, and requiring them to test the theory through micro teachings they are supposed to coduct at regular intervals. Throughout the semester, it has been manifested and proved that literary pieces can be an effective source of language teaching to appeal to diverse groups of learners with different levels and needs by showing the primary features of various genres and supporting the view that literature is a significant contributor to raising language awareness. The validity of distinctive approaches to using literature in the process has been questioned through an analysis of their foregrounding assumptions. Towards the end of the semester, the students are expected to appreciate the value of literature in the domain of language teaching, comprehend the characteristics that serve multiple purposes of language learning and teching, functionalize the theory by testing it through practice, and develop a fresh view of language teaching by means of literature.

Course Content

ELT305 is designed to raise an awareness of various approaches to the integration of literary texts into EFL/ESL contexts. The course departs from a close analysis of different definitions of the term “literature,” moves on to an exploration of the preliminary terms, notions and concepts, and turns to a discussion of the pros and cons of utilizing literature for the purpose of teaching language. The process encourages you to debunk the myth that defines the language of literature as “literary,” an adjective which divorces the language of literature from other uses –particularly from everyday language- and definitely it invites you to rebut the misconception that the language barrier in the literary materials makes it accessible only to the advanced learners. Through an examination of numerous teaching activities to be conducted at all levels and first-hand experiences you gain by means of micro-teachings, you construct a new understanding of not only “literary language” but also the place of literature in the field of ELT.
Following the presentation of the introductory remarks, the course focuses on each genre separately and introduces its distinctive features in terms of language uses. As you further you sharpen your wits and become favorably disposed towards making use of literary pieces in the field since you will definitely appreciate that they present authentic uses of the language, a blend of various registers on a single tissue, certain deviations from the formal use of English and many sorts of second-hand experiences which generate enthusiasm and motivation for learning the language.

# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Upon the successful completion of the present course, the students should be able to  enumerate various definitions of the term “literature,” Lecture, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Performance Task,
2 - identify some characteristics of the language used in the literary pieces, Lecture, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Performance Task,
3 - explain basic characteristics of different approaches to teaching language through literature, Lecture, Motivations to Show, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Performance Task,
4 - exemplify some sorts of language deviations in the literary pieces and explain their importance for developing language awareness, Lecture, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Performance Task,
5 - appreciate the necessity of integrating literature into EFL/ESL contexts, Lecture, Discussion, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Performance Task,
6 - give some examples of pros and cons of the use of literature in ELT. Lecture, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Performance Task,
7 - generate a fresh view of using literature for the purposes of language teaching. Lecture, Question-Answer, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Performance Task,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Using Literature in the Language Classroom: The Issues Literature and Language Teaching; Pg. 1-21
2 Approaches to Using Literature with the Language Learner Literature and Language Teaching; Pg. 22-47
3 Selecting and Evaluating Materials Literature and Language Teaching; Pg. 48-61
4 Reading Literature Cross-Culturally Literature and Language Teaching; Pg. 62-70
5 Materials Design and Lesson Planning: Short Stories Literature and Language Teaching; Pg. 71-77
6 Materials Design and Lesson Planning: Short Stories Literature and Language Teaching; Pg. 78-88
7 Materials Design and Lesson Planning: Novels Literature and Language Teaching; Pg. 89-94
8 Materials Design and Lesson Planning: Novels Analysis of Excerpts from a Selected Novel
9 Midterms Week
10 Materials Design and Lesson Planning: Poetry Literature and Language Teaching; Pg. 94-109
11 Materials Design and Lesson Planning: Poetry Literature and Language Teaching; Pg. 110-132
12 Materials Design and Lesson Planning: Plays Literature and Language Teaching; Pg. 133-166
13 Reflecting on the Literature Lesson Literature and Language Teaching; Pg. 167-178
14 Literature and Self-Access - Review Literature and Language Teaching; Pg. 179-188
Resources
Course Notes <p>Primary Source: Lazar, G. (2008). Literature and language teaching: A guide for teachers and trainers. Ernst Klett Sprachen.</p>
Course Resources
Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 A graduate of the department is able to plan teaching processes.
2 A graduate of the department possesses the skill in organizing appropriate environments for English teaching.
3 A graduate of the department can evaluate materials and resources that are relevant to English teaching with a critical viewpoint.
4 A graduate of the department employs appropriate methods and techniques for English teaching.
5 A graduate of the department decides on the feasibility of software and other technological resources to be utilized in English teaching
6 A graduate of the department chooses the suitable learning strategies considering the personal traits of the students.
7 A graduate of the department develops writing, reading, speaking and listening skills of the students.
8 A graduate of the department uses measurement and assessment instruments in an effective way.
9 A graduate of the department generates solutions for the educational, social and economic problems of the society.
10 A graduate of the department questions to what degree s/he possesses the required qualifications of a teacher.
11 A graduate of the department follows the academic studies conducted in the field for his personal development.
12 A graduate of the department conveys his ideas on the significance of intercultural communication in the process of learning English as a foreign language.
13 A graduate of the department indicates the ways of digging up information that are compulsory for life-long learning.
14 A graduate of the department generates foreign language tests.
15 A graduate of the department designs original activities promoting the use of English in the daily life.
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 40
1. Ödev 20
1. Performans Görevi (Uygulama) 20
1. Proje / Tasarım 20
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 50
1. Final 50
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 14 6 84
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 5 70
Final examination 1 10 10
Mid-terms 1 5 5
Assignment 1 10 10
Project / Design 1 10 10
Performance Task (Application) 1 10 10
Total Workload 199
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 7.96
dersAKTSKredisi 8