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Date of Award


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Degree Name

English: Teaching English as a Second Language: M.A.




College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Dr. James Robinson

Second Advisor

Dr. Michael Schwartz

Third Advisor

Dr. David Sebberson

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Questions in second language teaching ask if literature is relevant in acquiring a language and if so how do students perceive literary works. The motivation of this study to investigate a small diverse group of international students is to understand how they perceive literature and all genres including poetry. This study conducts a Likert numerical survey to find what literary background students experience in their native country and what attitudes students have learning English. Analysis shows that students overall have positive L1 and L2 learning attitudes regarding literature and culture. Interview questions provide a more reflective understanding of students’ experiences. Pedagogical implications include models for incorporating poetry in lesson plans and how poetry lends itself to digital applications. These models can help develop the four language skills but equally important create cultural awareness and self-expression