AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 4, Number1. February 2020 Pp.37-51
Department of Languages and Translation,
College of Arts and Humanities, Taibah University, Yanbu, Saudi Arabia
Visiting scholar at Oxford University, Faculty of English Language and Literature
Literature is an essential tool for English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching that provides students with an opportunity to practice language skills. Literature further helps students to explore the various facets of language, such as grammar, vocabulary, spelling, intonation, stress, and pronunciation. This article applies Garner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Krashen’s Filter Hypothesis to clarify how motivation and other attitudinal factors affect a learner’s ability to learn English as a Second Language while proposing an alternative perspective for English language learning. The concepts discussed in this article, therefore, address the attitudinal factors that affect a learner’s understanding of English by utilizing four elements: 1) motivation, 2) attitude, 3) anxiety, and 4) self-confidence as a way to demonstrate how, rather than through vocabulary overload, the literary experience in English as a Second Language teaching can be improved for students through pleasurable reading.
Baaqeel, N. A. (2020). Improving Student Motivation and Attitudes in Learning English as a Second Language; Literature as Pleasurable Reading: Applying Garner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Krashen’s Filter Hypothesis. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies4 (1)137-51.
Dr.Nuha Ahmad Baaqeel is an assistant professor of Comparative Literature and Postcolonial Studies in the Department of Languages and Translations at Taibah University, Saudi Arabia. Sheholds a Ph.D. in Postcolonial Literature from the University of Sussex, an MA in Comparative Literary Studies and Criticism from Goldsmith, University of London. Currently, she is a visiting scholar at Oxford University, Faculty of English Language and Literature where her research focuses on the fields of Postcolonial women writers, identity and the politics of translation