Research Rationale

Most research concentrates on three benefits of teaching literature in ESOL/ESL/EFL classroom:  
First, literature is a valuable authentic material. “Literary texts are also rich resources of accurate diction, diverse sentence patterns, and passionate narratives” (Ghosn, 2002).

Second, “reading literature enhances ESL students’ knowledge of culture and society” (Edmondson, 1995). That way it helps learners integrate into society.

Third, reading literature fosters critical thinking by offering readers multiple perspectives, especially in books dealing with issues such as immigration, cultural differences, social upheavals, etc.

However, not enough has been studied about the role of literature in promoting deeper emotional participation of students in the process of learning a new language.

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