ERIC SANDBERG (CITY UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG)

EXTENDING THE LITERATURE CLASSROOM: CREATING SPACE FOR STUDENT DISCOVERY : LANGUAGE AWARENESS, LITERATURE & TRANSLATION

A challenge in undergraduate English literature courses for non-native English speakers is a lack of agency in student engagement with texts. This project, conducted at a Hong Kong EMI university, encourages student agency by providing a public online forum for sharing responses (text and video) to freely chosen literary works. Response tasks like this are typical features of course assessment, where the utility value of the tasks is relatively high, but the intrinsic value can remain low in relation to the overall perceived cost of task completion (Eccles (Parsons) et al., 1983). This project addresses this value-cost discrepancy by 1) creating an online platform for independent responses to literary works, and 2) encouraging students to contribute responses to the site outside the course assessment framework. My presentation will discuss the challenges and achievements of the project, and examine the potential impact on learning of this type of intrinsically motivated activity.

Eric Sandberg is an Assistant Professor at City University of Hong Kong. He has published a monograph on Virginia Woolf, and edited two collections dealing with crime fiction and adaptation. His work has appeared in numerous edited collections and in prominent international journals.