"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
This conference is the opportunity for teachers, researchers, performers and practitioners to meet and share their perspectives on how literary texts can best be integrated into English Language Teaching (ELT). For the past 20-30 years the focus in English Language Teaching (ELT) has been on so-called ‘practical English’ despite the fact that there has been no critical discussion or concrete rationale for the abandonment of literary texts/sources in English language programs - particularly in conjunction with the development of productive skills (speaking and writing) but also with respect to so-called receptive skills (reading and listening). Furthermore, researchers with backgrounds in literature and linguistics had never before collaborated to seriously consider how literary texts may best be utilized in ELT.