Narrative and Foreign Language Learning
The past 15 years has heard much discussion about curricular models that promote literacy at all stages of L2 development. The 2007 MLA Report by the Ad Hoc Committee on Foreign Languages extends this need to all FL professionals. This book comes therefore at an historically important time. It focuses on narratives in the foreign language classroom with emphasis on the relationship between instructional materials and student written work (i.e., stories by second language learners), which the authors argue is the heart of literacy development. Because narrative is an important medium for sharing experience with others across cultures, this book investigates the role narratives play in FL learning. Its curricular approach addresses the forms narratives take on at different L2 instructional levels and how stories allow FL professionals to teach language and culture holistically. The genres in the book reflect a range of narrative texts, including nonliterary types of stories important in everyday communication. The book also points out the role that literary narratives serve in FL instruction and foster the link between literature and language instruction.