Research in language-literature instruction: Meeting the call for change?

Kate Paesani

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Abstract

The purpose of this review is to assess whether recent scholarship on language-literature instruction -the deliberate integration of language development and literary study at all levels of the foreign language curriculum-within the context of U.S. institutions of higher education reflects shifts in thinking regarding the role of literature in foreign language curricula. These shifts have come in response to the 2007 Report of the Modern Language Association Ad Hoc Committee on Foreign Languages, which recommended replacing the traditional two-tiered program structure with more coherent curricula that merge language and content, and to the general questioning of communicative language teaching as a viable method for language instruction and adequate preparation for advanced-level work in a foreign language. Current approaches to language-literature instruction and foreign language curriculum design favor multimodal language development that places equal importance on oral and written language and interpretative interaction with literature to construct textual meaning and establish form-meaning connections. This review surveys empirical and classroom practice research on literature in language courses and language in literature courses and concludes with a consideration of larger curricular issues and areas for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-181
Number of pages21
JournalAnnual Review of Applied Linguistics
Volume31
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

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