chapter  6
Teaching the novel and short story
WithKatherine Raithby, Alison Taylor
Pages 29

This chapter offers how to study a novel in order to exploit the opportunities and to address the challenges posed by the genre. Novels are well represented in the set text lists and remain a popular choice for teachers and students. In order for students to navigate the challenge of reading a novel successfully, they should be equipped with a bank of effective strategies for coping with the combined challenge of the length of text, the amount of new vocabulary and the complexity of structure. The use of spoken versions of the novel can be very beneficial for students and develop their listening skills alongside supporting their understanding of the text. The suggestions for plot summaries of the novel can also be adapted to use with the short story in order to fix the different narratives clearly in the students’ minds.