Post Conference Institute 3 hour Workshop : Exploiting Literature for Language Teaching Concluded on Tuesday, October 31 2017

Traditionally, the teaching of literature has focused on the text (poem, short story, etc) and the thoughts and intentions of the author with comprehension questions based on the literary piece itself. But what if the English teacher takes a step forward and tries to make the lesson a bit more exciting?  One way would be for the teacher to use the literary piece to explore the actual language of the author and then make use of this language as a springboard to engage the learners in meaningful and realistic activities to encourage them to develop their own awareness of English language use.

This workshop will attempt to: 

  • show how literature-based language can be exploited to develop the learners’ own language through activities that encourage learners to ‘consciously notice’ and ‘process’ the grammar or vocabulary used by the author and then applying them to modern day contexts.
  • It will also show how literature can be used to promote prediction and alternative options to the author’s line of thought providing opportunities for learners to express their own ideas in English. These kinds of activities actively engage learners and lend themselves to group work - a recognised classroom technique in ELT today. This assumption is based on insights from Second language Acquisition (SLA) that have shown that group/collaborative work by learners provide ‘scaffolding’ in the learning process.

Who should attend?

English language teachers  at all levels.

Day and Date

October 31, 2017


Timings: 3:00 pm -6:00 pm

 Course Fee:


Member’s Fee: Rs.2200/-

Non Member’s Fee: Rs.2700/-


Limited seats on first come,first served basis




Inclusive of course materials, certificate, & refreshments

Venue:   SPELT Head office, Karachi




Dr Arifa Rahman is English language professor and teacher educator from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh with extensive experience in teaching, research, materials design and assessment. She has published numerous research articles and chapters in international journals and books and has widely presented papers at international conferences. She is a Journal reviewer and is on the editorial board of the Journal of AsiaTEFL. As an educational consultant, she works with international partners on ELT projects. She is an Affiliate Leader at TESOL, an Associate Leader at IATEFL and is the Country Representative and Executive Council Member of the pan-Asian English teaching organization, Asia TEFL. She is involved in facilitating communities of teaching/learning among English teachers at the grassroots level in her country through BELTA. Her current research interest is context and culture in ELT and inequity in language education policy. Dr Arifa today considers herself an ‘ELT activist’

Date and Time

Tuesday, October 31 2017

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