Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies ETDs

Author

Ahmed Sallam

Publication Date

2-1-2016

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Literature, Applied Literature, Reader response, Language Learners, Aesthetic stance, Cultural understanding, Language competence, Second language teaching, Second language learning, Poetry

Document Type

Thesis

Language

English

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies

First Advisor

Pence, Lucretia

Second Advisor

Zancanell, Donald

First Committee Member (Chair)

Blum- Martinez, Rebecca

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