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Literature in the French EFL classroom: A portrait of teachers' attitudes, goals, and resources

Greene, Ashira Beth; (2017) Literature in the French EFL classroom: A portrait of teachers' attitudes, goals, and resources. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis investigates the teaching of English literature in France on a country-wide scale. The aims of the study were to determine the types and frequency of literature used in the secondary school classroom, to gain information about teachers’ attitudes and approaches to this resource, and to analyse textbooks published for the secondary English classroom in France in order to determine what literary resources were readily available. In support of these aims, interview and questionnaire data were collected from 301 teachers around the country and ten textbooks were analysed. In French lycées, the role of literature teaching is in flux. It currently exists in the periphery of the general English course while serving as the main resource in the Literature in a Foreign Language (LELE) course, which began in the 2012-2013 academic year for students in the literary section of Baccalauréat preparation. While the French Ministry of Education provides objectives to be met and themes to cover in each year of secondary school, teachers have a great deal of autonomy in terms of what they bring to their classrooms. The data revealed that teachers often used literature because they have a personal affinity for it, and chose to use their own materials instead of the textbooks available. Novel excerpts were the most frequent type of text used, as well as the most common type of literary text in the textbook. While British literature was dominant in all genres, the prevalence of Shakespearean plays was surprising, as contemporary literature accounted for over half of all texts mentioned.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Literature in the French EFL classroom: A portrait of teachers' attitudes, goals, and resources
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10037662
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