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World in a text, words in context: enhancing the role of literature in language learning

Carroli, Piera
Fonte: Universidade Nacional da Austrália Publicador: Universidade Nacional da Austrália
Tipo: Thesis (PhD)
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This thesis aims to provide a qualitative analysis of the different ways in which students perceive, approach, and learn from literary texts in a non native language (L2). The thesis situates the research in the context of the debate concerning the possible roles of L2 literature by outlining the main arguments, approaches and descriptions of Ll and L2 literature. Barely touched by this literature, however, are L2 learners' experiences of L2 literature and L2 learning models and methods for analysing students' perceptions and approaches to the study of literature. This forms the focus of the research reported here. For the research I conducted as both researcher and educator at the Australian National University I adopted a cross-sectional design. This allowed me to undertake the research in stages, with different groups of students of Italian, to investigate: 1) what students are actually thinking about and doing with L2 literary texts; and 2) ways of improving learning for all L2 students studying L2 literature. Following a preliminary investigation into students' perceptions of literature in 1998, I conducted two main studies in 1999 and 2000. In 1998 I had found that many students perceived literature in general as entertainment and...