Literature plays an essential role in an English lesson for many reasons.
Firstly, literature texts are useful to develop the acquisition and learning skills.
As Krashen describes ”acquisition is a subconscious process and learning is a much more conscious process”.
So by using Literature as a tool to learn English, we can take advantage a lot of helpful resources to engage our students through stories and narrative compositions.
For instance, I found really likeable for students when we work on fables, fairytales or myths as part of the classroom lesson.
This way our students might be able to embrace the knowledge acquisition process and forget they are in an English lesson, resulting in our students being much more communicative and competent by enjoying Literature.
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Additionally, by teaching through Literature kids will turn their attention and will focus in enjoying the stories and they will reduce their anxiety caused by being in an English class.
As Damen explains “cultural learning along with the four traditional skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) can be accorded its rightful place as a fifth skill”.
In my opinion, Literature definitely has a positive effect such as increasing motivation for learners and providing teachers with a powerful important resource.
In spite of the good effects, we cannot forget that our main goal as an English teacher is to help our students to develop as communicative competent individuals, so we should complement and include other resources in our lessons apart from the Literature.