Using Literature with English Language Learners (ELL) in ESL TEFL TESOL Teaching.
As a certified translator, I know language is culture. The two are inseparable.
In the case of English Language Learners (ELLs), both British and American literature offer great works to provide students a deeper appreciation and understanding of English. One caveat however - the text needs to be level-appropriate to avoid frustration.
Literature is sometimes even difficult for native speakers to comprehend let alone an ELL.
For example, I have used Harper Lee's To Kill a Mocking Bird with intermediate level students. The rich culture of the pre-Civil Rights US South in the 1950s and expressions prove challenges. I am a firm believer in pushing students to excel and keep reaching higher for goals.
Given reading is the best way to learn vocabulary, literature is perfect for this purpose. Also, I encourage reading to study the structure of the language to improve writing. Emulation is a powerful tool to learn how to write in a second language.
Lovers of American literature may want to consult this Top 10 list for some suggestions.
Happy Reading and happy learning English!
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