The teaching of English in the United Arab Emirates is based upon the communicative approach and aims to enable EFL students to employ language skills for communication purposes, as appropriate. Personal experience and the authoras colleaguesa observations, however, reveal that a number of EFL university students fail to achieve adequate communicative competence, which, in turn, does not qualify them to exploit the foreign language of English as required by their curricula as well as by todayas world. Central to university education in the United Arab Emirates is critical thinking. It seems reasonable, then, to assume that EFL university students are well-equipped to tackle a reading text and to handle a writing task, demonstrating through such activities an adequate repertoire of critical thinking skills. Personal experience and the authoras colleaguesa observations, however, indicate that this does not apply to a number of EFL university students studying in the country. Seeking an effective remedy, the author argues that utilising literature in the EFL classroom would be beneficial in terms of many essential aspects. Based on a three-year research project conducted at a private university in Dubai involving a number of EFL students, the book concludes with some suggestions with regards to what criteria to adopt when utilising literary texts. The current book, as such, is expected to be of use and interest to: applied linguists (as the study proposes an approach to integrating the teaching of language, literature, communication and critical thinking, with the ultimate goal of promoting communicative competence and enhancing critical thinking on the part of EFL learners); curricula designers (since the study introduces a course for the enhancement of communicative competence and critical thinking); and EFL instructors (because the study offers instructional material which can be adopted or adapted when teaching EFL university students).Occasional Papers in the Development of English Language Teaching at Ain Shams University in Cairo, 11, 1-13. a. (1990). ... Paper presented at the PALA Thirtieth International Conference July 2010, Genoa: University of Genoa. Agee, J.M.anbsp;...
|Title||:||Utilising Fiction to Promote English Language Acquisition|
|Author||:||Suhair Al Alami|
|Publisher||:||Cambridge Scholars Publishing - 2013-07-29|