The Programmes of Study at Key Stage 2 and 3 talk about helping learners to “discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing… appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes…” and at KS3, to “… read and show comprehension of original and adapted materials… understanding the purpose, important ideas and details, and provide an accurate English translation of short, suitable material… read literary texts… to stimulate ideas, develop creative expression and expand understanding of the language and culture.” In recent years the attention of language teachers has been elsewhere, and the idea of integrating something called literature into lessons which are already packed with content could seem intimidating! This special feature, looks at the theory and practice of using a wide variety of literature in language learning.
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