This study contributes to the empirical research on the use of literary texts in language learning. Specifically, it focuses on two groups of adult English language learners who are students at an American university as they read, write about, and discuss literature written by an author from the local area and which portrays the local culture in which the university is situated. This study seeks to examine how adopting an aesthetic stance can help foreign students, new to the university, evoke a wide range of responses and pay attention to language input and cultural context.
Literature, Applied Literature, Reader response, Language Learners, Aesthetic stance, Cultural understanding, Language competence, Second language teaching, Second language learning, Poetry
Level of Degree
Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies
First Committee Member (Chair)
Blum- Martinez, Rebecca
Sallam, Ahmed. "Applied Literature: Expanding Cultural Understanding For Language Learners." (2016). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/educ_llss_etds/52