Using Short Stories to Teach Language Skills

Before 19th century, the main objective of English as Foreign Language (EFL) teaching was to help students mastering linguistic elements to communicate fluently in the target language. Recent trend, however, shows it aims at integrating literature with language teaching because of its rich potential to provide an authentic model of language use.  Until 19th century, the Grammar Translation Method (GTM) predominated ESL/EFL teaching. GTM’s learning activity includes translating literary texts from the second or foreign language to the students’ native language. GTM was replaced by the Structuralism Approach in 1960s. This approach was concerned with correctness of grammatical form but not with content or interpretation of the text. Teaching a… Read More

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