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Literature, Metaphor and the Foreign Language Learner
 
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Literature, Metaphor and the Foreign Language Learner
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
23 Oct 2007
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Theory tells us that work with literature in teaching a second language is valuable. Students find it rewarding and motivating, and it helps them develop their ability to interpret language and to think critically about it. But there should be empirical support for the practices that theoreticians argue for. This book offers an accessible review of research in the field, and what it tells us about current teaching approaches in the stylistics and reader-response traditions. Particular attention is given to research on readers' responses to metaphor in literature, as this is an excellent test case for theoretical claims about responses to literature as such. This focus ties in with the recent interest in figurative language within second language teaching, and against this background, the book includes a detailed discussion of literature as a tool for developing students' figurative language competence.


Description

Theory tells us that work with literature in teaching a second language is valuable. Students find it rewarding and motivating, and it helps them develop their ability to interpret language and to think critically about it. But there should be empirical support for the practices that theoreticians argue for. This book offers an accessible review of research in the field, and what it tells us about current teaching approaches in the stylistics and reader-response traditions. Particular attention is given to research on readers' responses to metaphor in literature, as this is an excellent test case for theoretical claims about responses to literature as such. This focus ties in with the recent interest in figurative language within second language teaching, and against this background, the book includes a detailed discussion of literature as a tool for developing students' figurative language competence.


Reviews

'...Picken's work is an important contribution to the field in its own right, and it also opens up a new and potentially productive research agenda.' - Jeanette Littlemore, Metaphor and Symbol


Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Literature in Foreign Language Teaching
Metaphor and Literature
Comprehension of Metaphor in Literature
Interpretation of Metaphor in Literature
Evaluation of Metaphor in Literature
Metaphor: Curriculum, Methodology and Materials
References
Index


Authors

JONATHAN PICKEN is a Professor in the English Department at Tsuda College, Tokyo, Japan, where he is responsible for EFL courses.