The Use of Literature and Literary Texts in the EFL Classroom; Between Consensus and Controversy

Jelena Bobkina, Elena Dominguez


This article provides a review of ideas and research regarding the role of literature in the EFL university classroom. After a brief historical overview of the question of using literature in the language classroom, the article discusses the reasons for the demise and resurrection of literature as an input for language classes. Right after that, the article deals with advantages and drawbacks of using literary texts as language tools by means of drawing on recent ideas on language teaching practice and theories. Finally, in a practical move, this paper depicts the past and current approaches to teaching literature in language teaching classes.

Keywords: Literature; Curriculum; EFL; Higher Education

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