Between the lines: When culture, language and poetry meet in the classroom

Charlotte Melin

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

6 Scopus citations


Teaching poetry in second language (L2) classrooms raises theoretical and practical questions about how best to treat literature when target language and culture is also being negotiated. Current pedagogy derives from disparate sources, including the experientially-driven practices of individual teachers, the quantitative and qualitative research methodologies of Second Language Acquisition, and the aesthetic, historical, and philosophical traditions of literature and cultural studies. This paper surveys the knowledge base that shapes literature pedagogy, examines the conceptual implications of two common approaches (close reading and genre-based treatments), and argues for new teaching objectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-365
Number of pages17
JournalLanguage Teaching
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2010


Dive into the research topics of 'Between the lines: When culture, language and poetry meet in the classroom'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this