Literary awareness in a high-school EFL learning environment: An empirical evaluation

Sonia Zyngier, Vander Viana

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This chapter discusses the teaching of literary awareness to high-school students of English as a foreign language (EFL). Dedicated to the topic of iconicity, the proposed pedagogical experience stimulates students to work out the connection between visual and linguistic representations, identify such links in a variety of texts, create their own concrete poems, and justify their stylistic choices. Three sources of data are used: (i) questionnaires detailing participants’ profiles, (ii) students’ answers and creative writing, and (iii) unit evaluation questionnaires. The data obtained enabled an evidence-based evaluation of the workshop from the participants’ viewpoint. We argue that evaluating students’ learning empirically should be part and parcel of any pedagogical experience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScientific approaches to literature in learning environments
EditorsMichael Burke, Olivia Fialho, Sonia Zyngier
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins
ISBN (Electronic)9789027267252
ISBN (Print)9789027234131
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Literary awareness
  • English as a foreign language
  • Iconicity
  • Pedagogical stylistics
  • Creativity
  • Evidence-based approach

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