When learning a foreign language we, first of all, want to communicate effectively. Why then should we care about teaching literature?
In my view, literature is a great starting point for giving opinions and further discussions – both oral and written ones. It is probably our, teachers’ role to show students how to read, what might be worth reading and how to interpret a text – without killing their creativity and individual, critical thinking skills. Students then can get more knowledge, which is important, but also reading influences attitudes and way of perceiving the world. A good book provides a great source of social and moral values. Of course, when reading in a foreign language we provide a huge input and our language may become better and better.
How to do it, then, to encourage our students to read? Showing them an intriguing video is definitely a good starting point! Personally, I would like to try doing a less popular form of literature in English language classroom – a poem. Why not to try with already prepared plans and activities? I would recommend
where you can find a great variety of poems with pre-tasks, comprehension practice and discussion topics. I believe that some students could also appreciate a possibility of expressing themselves through writing own poems and sharing them with colleagues. It can be done by Google Docs or Padlet. By adding technology to the creative process of writing, students maybe discover their hidden talents?
When talking about poems, I also would like to recommend Grammar Rhymes by Joanna Zarańska – an excellent source of interesting and rhyming poems or stories to learn new grammar structures in a context. Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to get the book, but maybe you will somehow manage. Here is the cover of the book:
But of course – don’t judge a book by its cover! 😀