Call for Chapters: Teaching Literature and Language Through Multimodal Texts

deadline for submissions: 
August 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 

The last few decades have witnessed a growing interest in the benefits of linking the learning of a foreign language to the study of its literature. In fact, the emphasis on working with culturally authentic texts is one of the central claims for curriculum reform in EFL/ESL teaching nowadays. Moreover, the latest developments in text-based teaching point to a curriculum in which language, culture, and literature are taught as a continuum. 

Nevertheless, the incorporation of literary texts into the language curriculum is not easy to tackle. Many linguists refer to literary content as extremely demanding for both teachers and students. Not surprisingly, many teachers tend to avoid using literary texts for this reason. 

The use of multiple modalities facilitates the implementation of literature in the language classroom. Many literary texts such as novels, short stories and theatre plays have been adapted into multimodal texts (films, cartoons, picture books, comics, graphic novels, audio books, etc.) and have, therefore, become easily accessible language products commonly associated with fun by students and teachers, since these texts can be highly motivating and useful in the language teaching/learning process. Properly selected and implemented in the classroom, these can have an important role in the language teaching/learning process. 

This publication aims to provide a response to the growing interest in the study of literature and its reintegration in the academic curriculum. Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a detailed proposal (of 1,000 to 2,000 words) for a book chapter of 7,000 to 9,000 words, clearly explaining the mission and concerns of their proposed chapter. Please, follow link to check the Call for Chapters as well as to upload your proposal: