Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 9. Number 1. March 2018                                           Pp.256-267
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no1.18 

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Pedagogical Stylistics as a Tool in the Classroom:
An Investigation of EFL Undergraduate Students’ Ability in Analyzing Poetic Language 

Eman Adil Jaafar
 Department of English, College of Education for Women
University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq

Fatimah Khudair Hassoon
Department of English, College of Education for Women
University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq

 

 

Abstract:
This research paper draws on applying the tools of pedagogical stylistics in teaching literature in particular poetry to English as a foreign language (EFL) undergraduate Iraqi students. The language of literature is rich with social context, exquisite deviant forms, and vocabulary. This paper aims at examining to what extent pedagogical stylistics can be helpful in increasing students’ literary awareness. In addition, to examine how it can help them to interpret and analyze selected poems that have been chosen for them to achieve this goal. For the purpose of gathering the required data a pre-test and a post-test are conducted.  Verdonk’s (2013) approach is adopted in teaching stylistic tools to the students. The participants were (40) second-year students of the academic year 2018-2017 from University of Baghdad, Iraq. Moreover, a questionnaire is distributed to know students’ opinions about studying stylistics. The final results proved that (1-) pedagogical stylistics tools are of great significance to pay heed to the language of poetry or literary language in general, (2-)the questionnaire shows that most agreed on studying stylistics in the classroom. Thus, this study highly recommends that teachers of literary subjects should focus on stylistic tools in teaching literary texts.
Keywords: EFL Iraqi students, literary awareness, pedagogical stylistics, poetry

Cite as:  Jaafar, E. A., & Hassoon, F. K. (2018). Pedagogical Stylistics as a Tool in the Classroom:
An Investigation of EFL Undergraduate Students’ Ability in Analyzing Poetic Language. Arab World English Journal, 9 (1).
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no1.18

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Eman Adil Jaafar is a senior instructor of linguistics at the Department of English/ College of
Education for Women / University of Baghdad. Her major research interests include stylistics,
corpus and cognitive stylistics and applied linguistics.