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Language Acquisition Through Short Stories for Second Language Learners

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Author(s): V. Bhuvaneswari | Rosamma Jacob

Journal: Studies in Literature and Language
ISSN 1923-1555

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 136;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Short stories | Critical thinking skills | Multiple intelligences

ABSTRACT
The objective of teaching a language is to make the learners learn the language and use it infallibly. This is done best when the learners are involved actively in the learning process. Involvement comes only if sufficient interest is aroused and sustained in the classroom.    Considered as one of the most resilient forms of edutainment, a short story always augments intellectual stimulation and definitely has a great impact on human mind. It has linguistic, psychological, cognitive, social and cultural relevance as well. Catering to the needs of the second language learners, the syllabus should be revised and the curriculum should include short stories which will evince keen interest among the second language learners. This paper adopts a stylistic approach and seeks to focus on the possibility of using short stories as a pedagogical tool to develop language skills thereby fortifying professional advancement and career growth.Key words: Short stories; Critical thinking skills; Multiple intelligences
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