On 5 July, Esther Schat will defend her thesis 'Integrating Intercultural Literary Competence: An Intervention Study in Foreign Language Education'.
Intercultural literature education
Literary education is having a hard time at secondary schools, Schat notes. As a Spanish teacher at the Spinoza Lyceum in Amsterdam, however, she noticed that students can be motivated to read books in a foreign language through an intercultural approach.
According to Schat, more emphasis is needed on the integration of language and culture in current foreign language education. In her dissertation she argues that intercultural literature education offers opportunities to create a curriculum with greater depth of content, in which the subject matter of the languages is paramount and skills have an essential supporting function.
In her research, Schat focuses on the benefits of intercultural literature education. With a doctoral grant for teachers from Dudoc Alfa, she investigated how dialogical literature education can contribute to the intercultural competences of students.
For two years she followed a group of three hundred students and, in consultation with teachers, she designed a pedagogy, a theoretical model and three series of lessons on the theme of migration.
The lesson series were conducted in fourteen classes at seven schools in the upper forms of pre-university education. Schat's research shows that through speaking and writing tasks about books with controversial themes, students not only became more proficient in the foreign language, but also learned to discuss differences in moral views and to appreciate literature in conversation with fellow students.
Schat's dissertation provides proven and practical models for teachers and examples for upcoming curricular innovations.
- Start date and time
- End date and time
- PhD candidate
- Esther Schat
- Integrating Intercultural Literary Competence: An Intervention Study in Foreign Language Education
- PhD supervisor(s)
- prof. dr. H.C.J. De Graaff
- prof. dr. E.W. Van der Knaap