Discovering nature in short stories

Author: Jessica Jiménez Oliveira

Year: 2009

Title: Discovering nature in short stories

Summary: This work puts forward the idea that nature allows students to bridge science and the humanities. After discussing the role of literature in EFL teaching and the concept of nature, a pedagogical proposal is presented. The course introduces students to literature using a selection of short stories in English. All the stories have a common topic: nature, but are written by different authors from different cultures. Apart from developing language skills, this course is aimed at promoting enjoyment of reading through the different themes presented in each story. The final goal is to provide students with the tools to understand the poetic function of literary texts, so students develop their critical thinking.

Key words: literature, short story, Genesis, Bible, nature, myth, multiculturalism, poetic function.

Library barcode: JIM 428.8