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Political Fiction and Allegory in the EFL Classroom: What's the Use?

Christiani, Shaun LU (2018) ÄENC51 20182
English Studies
Educational Sciences
Abstract
What is the use of political fiction and its allegory in a language education context? The aim of this paper is to analyze the relevance of this literary genre to curricula, English language learning, and EFL classrooms. The specifically political content of this genre, its allusion to real-world happenings, and the linguistic aspects of the texts may be pedagogically instrumentalized and host a potential that English teachers can engage to innovate their teaching. By laying forth that a fundamental aim of most curricula is students’ acquisition of democratic values and then analyzing the theories behind language affordances and allegory, this paper may act as a theoretical framework for planning a unit with a political fiction text... (More)
What is the use of political fiction and its allegory in a language education context? The aim of this paper is to analyze the relevance of this literary genre to curricula, English language learning, and EFL classrooms. The specifically political content of this genre, its allusion to real-world happenings, and the linguistic aspects of the texts may be pedagogically instrumentalized and host a potential that English teachers can engage to innovate their teaching. By laying forth that a fundamental aim of most curricula is students’ acquisition of democratic values and then analyzing the theories behind language affordances and allegory, this paper may act as a theoretical framework for planning a unit with a political fiction text involved. This paper finds that politically allegorical texts provide a context for students to inquire into the worth of democratic values and their successful communication in the vehicular language about their arguments and interpretations is made possible by language affordances drawn from the text’s content. Associating fictitious political, ideological, or cultural content of texts with one’s own personal experiences is a capability of all students of English. This sort of association encourages and supports critical thinking, a trait of lifelong learning competence. English language teachers may innovate their teaching and engage student’s cognitive flexibility capabilities, associating politics and language learning by using political fiction and allegory. (Less)
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Christiani, Shaun LU
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ÄENC51 20182
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L3 - Miscellaneous, Projetcs etc.
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English language teaching, Curriculum, Democratic values, Language affordances theory, Lifelong learning
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English
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8972605
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  abstract     = {What is the use of political fiction and its allegory in a language education context? The aim of this paper is to analyze the relevance of this literary genre to curricula, English language learning, and EFL classrooms. The specifically political content of this genre, its allusion to real-world happenings, and the linguistic aspects of the texts may be pedagogically instrumentalized and host a potential that English teachers can engage to innovate their teaching. By laying forth that a fundamental aim of most curricula is students’ acquisition of democratic values and then analyzing the theories behind language affordances and allegory, this paper may act as a theoretical framework for planning a unit with a political fiction text involved. This paper finds that politically allegorical texts provide a context for students to inquire into the worth of democratic values and their successful communication in the vehicular language about their arguments and interpretations is made possible by language affordances drawn from the text’s content. Associating fictitious political, ideological, or cultural content of texts with one’s own personal experiences is a capability of all students of English. This sort of association encourages and supports critical thinking, a trait of lifelong learning competence. English language teachers may innovate their teaching and engage student’s cognitive flexibility capabilities, associating politics and language learning by using political fiction and allegory.},
  author       = {Christiani, Shaun},
  keyword      = {English language teaching,Curriculum,Democratic values,Language affordances theory,Lifelong learning},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Political Fiction and Allegory in the EFL Classroom: What's the Use?},
  year         = {2018},
}