This talk “Critical Necessities: Using Literary Texts in the EFL Classroom” was presented at the E-merging Forum 2 by Amos Paran. 

Amos Paran is a senior lecturer in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, where he teaches on the MA TESOL. He started his professional career in Israel, where he taught EFL in secondary schools and trained teachers. After getting his PhD in Applied Linguistics, he taught at the University of Reading before moving to the Institute of Education. He has run teacher training workshops in countries such as Viet Nam, Uzbekistan, Switzerland, Spain, France, Chile and many others. His main research interests are reading in a foreign language and the use of literature in language learning, as well as distance education. He has published books and articles on language learning; recent publications include an edited collection of papers entitled Literature in Language Learning and Teaching, an edited collection on assessment, called Testing the Untestable in Language Education, and a State-of-the-Art paper, The role of literature in instructed foreign language learning and teaching: An evidence-based survey.
Topic: Critical Necessities: Using Literary Texts in the EFL Classroom
What would you prefer that your students should read? Newspaper articles that will lose their relevance next year or literary texts that have been around for decades or centuries? In this presentation Amos Paran discusses the reasons why all English teachers – from teachers of Young Learners to ESP teachers at university level – should be using at least some literary texts in their classrooms.
Video recording of the plenary session
You can watch the full recording of Amos Paran’s talk on British Council Russia’s YouTube channel by clicking the link below:
In this interview Amos tells us the reasons why English teachers should be using at least some literary texts in their classrooms.
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