Literature and Language Teaching

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Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
27 May 2020


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Module description

This module will first of all explore the incorporation of literature into the language classroom, and explore the issues involved. It looks at the different approaches to using literature according to learners' needs; how to select materials for classroom use; identifies some of the distinctive features of literature for classroom use; and presents some practical activities for classrooms. Elements will include the role of literature in Language education; students' perceptions of literature; selecting texts for the language classroom; using various genres of literature in ELT; using film in ELT.

Module aims

1. To enhance knowledge on how literature can be used in ELT
2. To introduce various genres of literature to teach a second language
3. To further develop students’ ability in selecting authentic materials for classroom use
4. To encourage students to look at the links between language and social settings, coherence and cohesion in written texts - leading to such issues as reader response theory, gender, genre and critical discourse analysis.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module students will be expected to be able to:

1. Understand the place of literature, and discourse analysis, especially relating to context, pragmatics and critical analysis in the language classroom, and in the use of literature to teach a second language.
2. Use various genres of literature to teach a second language and make appropriate selection of materials
3. Use literary texts in order to present some practical activities for the language classroom

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will run over 10 weeks, and you will have 10 two-hour lecture/workshop sessions in which you will engage in various ways of using literature and other literary artefacts in language classrooms.


  • Brumfit, Christopher; Carter, Ronald. (1986) Literature and language teaching, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Lazar, Gillian. (1993) Literature and language teaching: a guide for teachers and trainers, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. vol. Cambridge teacher training and development
  • Hall, Geoff. (2015) Literature in language education, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Assignment 1   27/11/2020  50% 
Coursework   Assignment 2   18/01/2021  50% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Neophytos Mitsigkas, email: nmitsi@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Neophytos Mitsigkas
Dr Neophytos Mitsigkas, email: nmitsi@essex.ac.uk, Telephone: 01206 874836, Room: 4.344



External examiner

Dr Lynne Julie Cahill
University of Sussex
Ms Irena Kuzborska
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 18 (90%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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