Literary Texts in the EFL Classrooms: Applications, Benefits and Approaches

M Shamsur Rabb Khan, Ali Mohammad Alasmari


Literary texts play an important role in learning English language, especially enhancing communication competence, raising cultural awareness, and generating motivation among students. Research studies have shown the potential advantages of using literary texts in the EFL classrooms, which promote authentic materials, help increase language skills, and extends linguistic knowledge. This paper documents comprehensive literature on the application and benefits of literary texts in learning and teaching English language to EFL learners. It explains how different language skills can be learnt successfully using literary texts. This paper shows the significance of literary texts in English language teaching program. It explores the historical background, covering various phases, studies from various countries, including the Arab world where literature teaching shows positive responses. The paper is distinct in its entirety since it explains how different literary texts can help enhance language skills and describes the different teaching approaches for teaching literature which will be a healthy guide for teachers. It also shows how literature enriches the EFL learners’ overall learning experience.


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