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Ana Bela Almeida, Lecturer in Portuguese, has co-authored an article on the benefits of language teaching through literature with Dr Idoya Puig of Manchester Metropolitan University. The chapter is part of the volume Innovative language teaching and learning at university: enhancing employability, published by Research-publishing.net.

In their chapter, Ana Bela and Idoya focus on how teaching language through literature can have an important role in the development of specific employability skills, as it develops not only purely linguistic abilities, but also helps foster other soft skills such as intercultural awareness, problem-solving abilities and critical thinking.

The chapter is the latest output from the international research network “Litinclass” (Literature in the Foreign Language Class), co-funded and run by Ana Bela. This project was created with a view to exploring and sharing ideas on the numerous skills and benefits that can be derived from language learning through literature. More information on the project can be found at the Litinclass website. Ana has been putting this pedagogical approach into practice in her Portuguese language classes, with very positive learning results and feedback from her students.

Ana and Idoya are continuing their collaboration on this research project, and are currently creating teaching activities that will soon be available on the Litinclass website.