Literature in efL: beyond language learning

Literatura en inglés como idioma extranjero: más allá del aprendizaje del lenguaje


  • Luis Jesús Rincón Universidad de La Salle


literatura en EFL, experiencias de vida, entorno sociocultural, literatura y pensamiento crítico en EFL (es).


Literature in EFL, life experiences, sociocultural environment, literature and critical thinking in EFL (en).


Abstract (en)

This article presents the results of a qualitative research which looks into the field of literature in EFL. Seventh grade students of a private school in Bogota took part in the research. Data was collected by means of audio recordings of small group discussions, teacher´s journal, and responses to literature logs. The results show that the connections that EFL learners make with literary texts enrich their interpretations, analysis and value judgments of experiences and real life events. Furthermore, critical thinking skills are potentiated. In addition to this, literary texts bring up appealing and meaningful topics in the classroom enhancing students´ motivation and willingness to use the target language.

Abstract (es)

Este artículo de investigación presenta los resultados de una investigación cualitativa la cual examinó el valor de la literatura en EFL. La investigación se realizó con estudiantes de séptimo grado en un colegio privado en la ciudad de Bogotá. La recolección de información se realizó por medio de la grabación de discusiones grupales, diario del profesor y producciones escritas de los estudiantes. El análisis de la información evidenció que los estudiantes relacionan los textos literarios con sus experiencias de vida, eventos de la vida real, y elementos propios de su entorno sociocultural. Estas relaciones y conexiones enriquecen las interpretaciones y análisis de las experiencias de vida de los estudiantes así como también de los acontecimientos de la vida real. Los resultados también evidenciaron que la motivación e interés de los estudiantes para comunicar sus ideas en la lengua extranjera se incrementan gracias a que los temas que la literatura provee son relevantes y significativos.

Author Biography

Luis Jesús Rincón, Universidad de La Salle

Is a full-time professor and researcher at La Salle University. He holds an M.Ed. in Applied Linguistics to
teaching English from Universidad Francisco José de Caldas, and a B.A. degree in Modern Languages from Universidad de La Salle.


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Rincón, L. J. (2013). Literature in efL: beyond language learning. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 15(2), 234–246.


Rincón, L.J. 2013. Literature in efL: beyond language learning. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal. 15, 2 (Jul. 2013), 234–246. DOI:


Rincón, L. J. Literature in efL: beyond language learning. Colomb. appl. linguist. j 2013, 15, 234-246.


RINCÓN, L. J. Literature in efL: beyond language learning. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, [S. l.], v. 15, n. 2, p. 234–246, 2013. DOI: 10.14483/udistrital.jour.calj.2013.2.a06. Disponível em: Acesso em: 28 may. 2023.


Rincón, Luis Jesús. 2013. “Literature in efL: beyond language learning”. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal 15 (2):234-46.


Rincón, L. J. (2013) “Literature in efL: beyond language learning”, Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 15(2), pp. 234–246. doi: 10.14483/udistrital.jour.calj.2013.2.a06.


L. J. Rincón, “Literature in efL: beyond language learning”, Colomb. appl. linguist. j, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 234–246, Jul. 2013.


Rincón, L. J. “Literature in efL: beyond language learning”. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, vol. 15, no. 2, July 2013, pp. 234-46, doi:10.14483/udistrital.jour.calj.2013.2.a06.


Rincón, Luis Jesús. “Literature in efL: beyond language learning”. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal 15, no. 2 (July 1, 2013): 234–246. Accessed May 28, 2023.


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