This thesis studies Role-play as an approach in enhancing advanced learners’ comprehension of English and American short stories. Primarily set in Literature classes of Foreign Language Faculty of UTE the research employs both experiential and experimental methods. The first chapter of the thesis presents some factors that may affect the study, specifies the problems and aims of the study, and briefly describes the methodology. 1.1
Background of the Study
Literature is a very versatile subject and is generally considered one of the most difficult subjects to teach and to study. Studying native literature in native language is not easy at all; it can not be compared with studying foreign literature in foreign language. Studying American and British literature is an extremely difficult task which face many Vietnamese students. Understanding literary language requires more efforts than doing with spoken language. Therefore, literature subject is often in the list of the most unfavourite subjects. When being asked about their idea toward the subject at the beginning of the course, the students did not conceal their negative attitude toward literature subject. They assumed that studying literature was very boring; they gradually lost the sense of pleasure and enjoyment that went with the study of literature. Their explanation was rooted from the high school time when they studied Vietnamese literature with fear or scare; likewise, English literature at university is not an exception. To address this phenomenon, the problems in studying and teaching English literature may be listed as follows.
The first problem is students’ lack of clear goal and objectives. Undoubtedly, if a student does not know the aims of studying literature, he or she will probably not get the pleasure or satisfaction in literature. Numerous students claim that literature is useless in their daily life, and that they cannot use literary language in both daily and working...
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