TODAY A READER TOMORROW A LEADER:
FOSTERING THE STUDENTS’ NOTION OF READING FOR ENJOYMENT IN THE CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE CLASSROOM
Dr. Maitre de Conférence Hassiba Ben Bouali University of - CHLEF- ALGERIA
Teaching is performance, which puts literature into an area of sharing, thinking, dreaming and involving thoughts and passion. However, studying literature has become a difficult task that so many students face today. Indeed, teaching literature to language students constitutes an enormous challenge nowadays. In this case, the literature teacher is supposed to discover the student's previous literary experiences, and to be thoroughly familiar with the problems involved in the development of literary appreciation in foreign language learning. Therefore, students need to be helped to understand the importance of studying literature. For many students, literature can help them to develop their language skills (reading, listening, speaking and writing) ,for both; students and teachers, literature can be regarded an important element that can develop and open their minds to different cultural horizons. If the reader (student) is convinced that the study of literature offers pleasure where the purpose of reading is enjoyment, the teaching of literature will be rewarding for both teacher and students.
The present paper outlines my short experience in teaching literature at the Department of English at Hassiba Ben Bouali University of Chlef- ALGERIA- . It aims at encouraging students to think creatively and independently to appreciate not only the stimulation but also the enjoyment derived from the study of literature. It is a venture that has enabled both the students and myself to benefit from its virtues.
Keywords: Enjoyment – Language - Literature - Students -Teacher.
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