Enhance Student Learning Motivation through Literature in English Teaching

Yu LI, Zhenghui FAN


This paper proposes that literature should be used as a means to improve students’ motivation in learning English instead of as an end for literature appreciation class only. The benefits of using literature in English teaching are discussed and some strategies of using literature in classroom teaching are presented. The requirements of teachers in utilizing literature in class are also expounded.


Literature; motivation; English teaching

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/11424


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