Literature in Education

  • Geoff. Hall
Part of the Research and Practice in Applied Linguistics book series (RPAL)


This chapter addresses the following questions:
  • What is the place of literature in education? What is claimed to be learned from reading, studying, discussing and writing about literature in educational contexts?

  • How has literary reading been assessed?

  • How do literature and language relate to culture?


Foreign Language English Literature Language Learning Language Acquisition Language Teaching 
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Further reading

2.1 The literary curriculum: origins and evolution

  1. Eagleton (1983/1996): English as developed in the UK in particular.Google Scholar
  2. Viswanathan (1989): English as developed in India.Google Scholar
  3. Richardson (1994): Ideas of Literature elaborated in the early nineteenth century against debates and anxieties over mass literacy and unregulated access to print and a background of increasing educational provision.Google Scholar

2.2 Literature in second language teaching

  1. Carter and Long (1991): Probably the best overview still for teachers, which offers a principled basis for and examples of uses of literary texts in second or foreign language education.Google Scholar

2.3 Assessing literature

  1. Alderson (2000): Up-to-date and sharp critical account of reading assessment, includes much that is relevant for the assessment of literature reading, including some explicit discussions of literature assessment.Google Scholar
  2. Carter and Long (1991).Google Scholar
  3. Spiro (1991).Google Scholar
  4. Henning (1992): Interesting attempt with some trialling reported to assess French literary interpretation skills by US college readers.Google Scholar

2.4 Literature into cultural studies

  1. Kramsch (1985 and 1993): important early attempt to theorise and illustrate cultural appropriation by non-native readers, extended in Lantolf (2000) and Kramsch (2003).Google Scholar

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© Geoff Hall 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoff. Hall
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Applied Language StudiesUniversity of Wales SwanseaUK

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