Integration of Literature in English Language Teaching: Learners’ Attitudes and Opinions


  • Sami Hussein Tishk International University, Iraq
  • Reman Sabah Meena TishkInternational University, Iraq
  • Hewa Fouad Ali Tishk International University, Iraq



Literature, Literary texts, Attitudes and Opinions


Speaking of the role and position of literature in language teaching platforms, generally, two opposite views are in action, namely essentialist and non-essentialist. However, numerous studies have stressed the influential role of literature. This study investigated the opinions and preferences of EFL university students on the integration of Literature in English language learning. To do so, a mixed-method research design was utilized in which data were collected quantitively through a 12 items questionnaire and qualitatively using five open-ended questions. The quantitative data were analysed using SPSS, whereas descriptions were used to analyse the qualitative data. For the quantitative part, 30 EFL students and for the qualitative phase, 10 EFL students participated. The findings indicated that students consider literature as a significant tool for learning the English language and enhancing the four main language skills. It is also discovered that students find literary texts to develop and awareness of cultural knowledge, which is inseparable in learning a second language. In a nutshell, the findings discovered that students showed positive attitudes toward using literature in learning English as a foreign language. 


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How to Cite

Hussein, S., Meena, R. S., & Ali, H. F. (2021). Integration of Literature in English Language Teaching: Learners’ Attitudes and Opinions . Canadian Journal of Language and Literature Studies, 1(1), 27–43.