“Teaching Language through Literature: How to Progress from Second-Language Acquisition to Critical Literary Interpretation and Cultural Analysis”
Kelly Comfort (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, UC-Davis, 2005) is Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Modern Languages at Georgia Tech. Prof. Comfort will outline effective approaches to using literature in the foreign-language classroom. Her talk will address how to choose appropriate literary texts and how to use those texts to hone language skills, foster literary analysis, promote critical thinking, raise cross-cultural awareness, promote personal reflection, and encourage creative engagement. Comfort’s presentation will include both theoretical considerations on the use of literary texts in foreign language pedagogy as well as practical applications and sample materials and assignments.