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Learners’ views of literature in EFL education from curricular and assessment perspectives

Tsang, A; Paran, A; (2021) Learners’ views of literature in EFL education from curricular and assessment perspectives. The Curriculum Journal , 32 (3) pp. 459-474. 10.1002/curj.102. Green open access

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Abstract

Literature has been gaining growing attention in second language (L2)/foreign language (FL) education globally. In a number of places such as Hong Kong, literature has recently been given greater emphasis in the L2/FL curricula. This article reports part of a large-scale study examining learners’ views of two English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) modules on literary genres recently incorporated in the EFL curriculum, namely short stories (ShS) and poems and songs (P&S), from curricular and assessment perspectives. A total of 1190 secondary school students in Hong Kong completed a questionnaire, yielding quantitative and qualitative data; the 2347 comments collected explained their perceptions from multiple angles. Overall, the participants held positive views of the ShS module being incorporated into the curriculum, but only neutral views of the P&S module. When considering assessment, the respondents demonstrated ambivalence towards the modules; they were mostly against these genres being examined and if unexamined, they were generally not interested in studying them.

Type: Article
Title: Learners’ views of literature in EFL education from curricular and assessment perspectives
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/curj.102
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/curj.102
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: assessment, EFL/L2/FL curriculum, learners’ perceptions, literature
UCL classification: UCL
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/10129089
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