Teachers’ views on the use of literature as a tool for learning EFL
- teachers’ perspective,
- literature in FL classes,
- literary genres,
- quantitative and qualitative analysis
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Considering the lack of studies to support the theories regarding the advantages of integrating literature into language classes, our aim is to investigate the upsides of the use of literature in TEFL through empirical research. We try to find out whether secondary school language teachers’ views towards the use of literature in FL classes change and which genre they perceive as the most beneficial for students. We collect teachers’ opinions before and after showing them a set of lessons focused on three literary genres. As to quantitative research, we use a statistical survey through paired t-tests, effect size, and ANOVA, while for the qualitative research, we try to uncover what underpins teachers’ viewpoints through semi-structured questions. After considering the potentiality of literature in a language class, most of the teachers realized that literary texts could represent models that students may follow in their future use of the language and foster motivation through interactive activities.