Literature in English as a tool for teaching English as a second language in Nigerian schools
The use of literature in the English language classroom has gained some grounds and is enjoying a number of revivals for a number of reasons. The role of literature in the English language classroom has been reassessed and many view literary texts as providing rich linguistic input, effective stimuli for students to express themselves, and a potential source of learner motivation. This paper therefore examined the use of literature as a commendable tool for teaching the English language. It also examined the concept of literature, language, the relationship between language and literature, the reasons for its teaching and learning in the English language classroom. Ways of overcoming the challenges, and approaches to using literature in teaching English language are also considered.
Key Words: English as a Second Language, literature in English
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