APARNA CHAKRABORTY (WEST BENGAL EDUCATION SERVICE)

TEACHING ESL LITERATURE TO DEVELOP MORAL VALUES : LANGUAGE AWARENESS, LITERATURE & TRANSLATION

Teachers are representatives of an academic subject who must themselves work to understand the knowledge, traditions, and terminology of the subjects they teach and work towards representing this knowledge usefully and in an understandable manner to their students. Teaching is a ‘thoughtful’ and ‘thought provoking’ profession. Teaching Literature to young learners can be done in ways that can help in intellectual and moral development. In this paper, the author discusses approaches and activities that can be used in the ESL classroom to foster critical thinking, reflective abilities and ethical values. Findings from data of a study conducted upon 50 teachers teaching English in 25 schools in and around Kolkata, West Bengal are discussed. It argues that traditional methods are unsuitable, especially for second language learners. The author discusses the features of language- based approaches and concludes that such approaches are more suitable for encouraging learners to be more ‘thoughtful’ when they read literature.

I have been a teacher educator for 26 years, teaching at both UG and PG levels. I am at present working in Educational administration. My research interests include teaching esl literature, teaching vocabulary and teacher education.