Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number1  March 2021                                                  Pp. 128-138

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Charting New Venues for Teaching Literary Texts through Black English Vernacular in
EFL Context: Case of H.B. Stowe
’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin 

Yamina ILES
Language Studies
English Department, FLPATP lab N°72,
Abou Bakr Belkaid University,Tlemcen, Algeria
Correspondent Author:

Applied Linguistics & TEFL
English Department, FLPATP lab N°72,
Abou Bakr Belkaid University,Tlemcen, Algeria


Received : 12/29/2020    Accepted: 2/28/2021      Published :3/24/2021

This research paper attempts at studying the operation of literary texts teaching through Black English Vernacular (BEV) in EFL context, selecting the American novel: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, henceforth (UTC), (1852) by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) as a parameter of research. Its main aim is to reveal and project the new venues for teaching literary texts through BEV in EFL classroom. The choice of this novel constitutes a luxuriant source of investigation. Additionally, it is abundant with various cultural elements used by its characters. The significance of the study relies on the examination and analysis of lexical items regarding the role of literature in the EFL context between the past and the present time. Also, with the difficulties of using literary texts as language tools in the EFL educational milieu. After implementing a stylistic analytical method on the selected novel, the results of the study end up by the selection of certain lexical entries from Black English that can be used as a reference in the teaching of literature in EFL contexts.
Keywords: Black English Vernacular, EFL context, H.B. Stowe, literary texts, Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Cite as: ILES, Y., & BELMEKKI, A . (2021). Charting New Venues for Teaching Literary Texts through Black English Vernacular in EFL Context:
Case of H.B. Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  Arab World English Journal, 12 (1) 128-138.


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Received: 12/29/2020
Accepted: 2/28/2021 
Published: 3/24/2021 

Yamina ILES is an assistant-professor at the Superior School of Management of Tlemcen, Algeria (ESMT). She is also a Ph.D. candidate in Language Studies and Sociolinguistic Variation at the University of Tlemcen. In addition, she is a member researcher in the FLPATP research laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Amine BELMEKKI.

Prof. Amine BELMEKKI is a full professor at the University of Tlemcen, Algeria. He is also the head of a research laboratory Foreign Languages Policy in Algeria and Teacher Professionalism (FLPATP). He is also the head of two national research projects (PNR & CNEPRU). His field of interest in mainly concerned with Applied Linguistics, TEFL, and Education Sciences as well.