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Literature, Spoken Language and Speaking Skills in Second Language Learning

Literature, Spoken Language and Speaking Skills in Second Language Learning


  • Publication planned for: December 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108472944

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  • The use of literature in second language teaching has been advocated for a number of years, yet despite this there have only been a limited number of studies which have sought to investigate its effects. Fewer still have focused on its potential effects as a model of spoken language or as a vehicle to develop speaking skills. Drawing upon multiple research studies, this volume fills that gap to explore how literature is used to develop speaking skills in second language learners. The volume is divided into two sections: literature and spoken language and literature and speaking skills. The first section focuses on studies exploring the use of literature to raise awareness of spoken language features, whilst the second investigates its potential as a vehicle to develop speaking skills. Each section contains studies with different designs and in various contexts including China, Japan and the UK. The research designs used mean that the chapters contain clear implications for classroom pedagogy and research in different contexts.

    • Uses a variety of research perspectives including both quantitative and qualitative data analysis
    • Case studies cover multiple teaching contexts, types and circumstances
    • Readers can easily select the empirical studies that are most relevant to their own research and teaching context
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108472944
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Literature and Spoken Language:
    2. The realism of conversation in literature
    3. Using literature in text-driven materials to help develop spoken language awareness
    4. Literature, TV drama and spoken language awareness
    5. Haiku and spoken language: Corpus-Driven analyses of linguistic features in English-language haiku writing
    6. Screenplays as pedagogical medium for cultivating EFL learners' metapragmatic awareness of speech acts in spoken English
    Part II. Literature and Speaking Skills:
    7. EFL learners reading and discussing poems in English
    8. An analysis of collaborative dialogue in literature circles
    9. Exploring literary texts as a tool for developing L2 oral proficiency
    10. Conclusion: implications for pedagogy and research.

  • Editor

    Christian Jones, University of Liverpool
    Christian Jones is a Senior Lecturer in TESOL and Applied Linguistics at the University of Liverpool. His main research interests are connected to spoken language and he has published work on spoken corpora, lexis, lexico-grammar and instructed second language acquisition. He is editor of Practice in Second Language Learning (Cambridge, 2018).

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