Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Literature in the Maltese as a Foreign Language Classroom

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Languages and Humanities Education

DESCRIPTION During this study-unit, various registers, genres, authors, modes, and styles are explored. This analysis will focus on the literary content and the pedagogical possibilities of these literary texts.

Particular attention is paid towards the social factors embedded in different literary texts for a better understanding of Maltese culture as mediated through a writer's perspective. In thus doing, the students of MFL gain insight on past and present evolving ideas on Maltese identity, language and society.

Teachers are expected to draw on their experiences and work within a community of practitioners to develop exciting and motivating thematic literary units, lesson plans and complementary resources.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at:
a. developing a systematic historical background of Maltese Literature for students;
b. familiarising teachers with the Common European Framework (CEFR), section on Reading;
c. presenting various perspectives on the role of the foreign reader in the Maltese literature classroom;
d. critically analysing canonical and non-canonical literary texts, including selections from children's literature and young adult novels, that can be used in MFL classroom;
e. recognising the importance of literature in the language teaching programme;
f. exploring how to structure and evaluate effective literature lesson with foreign language students of Maltese using an array of literary texts in Maltese.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a. Describe the major periods of Maltese literature history with particular reference to the themes, styles and sensibilities;
b. Discuss the role of each component of the all-important triad in the literature classroom: the teacher, the student, and the text;
c. Illustrate the different philosophies and values underpinning the literature component in the MFL's language syllabus;
d. Explore various methods and resources that can be adapted to the teaching of Maltese literature to foreigners.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a. Select a literary text to be introduced in the MFL literature classroom, based on discreetly identifiable criteria;
b. Individually and collaboratively, create, implement and assess a variety of interactive and innovative teaching methods with reference to his/her student's abilities and reading level;
c. Identify various difficulties encountered by students of MFL when reading literary texts and explore different ways of tackling effectively these limitations.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts

- Collie Joanne & Slater Stephen (1987) Literature in the Language Classroom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Parkinson Brian & Thomas Helen Reid (2000) Teaching Literature in a Second Language. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Supplementary Texts

- Benton Michael & Geoff Fox (1997) Teaching Literature: Nine to Fourteen. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Brumfit Christopher & Carter Ronald (editors). (1997). Literature and Language Teaching. Oxford University Press.
- Council of Europe (2017). Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment. Council of Europe.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Stephanie Apap
Antoinette Camilleri Grima
Terence Portelli

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