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Volume 10 : 11 November 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

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Social Effects and Other Impediments in Teaching Literature

A. Ramesh Babu, M.A., M. Phil., Ph. D.
A. Komuraiah, M.A., M. Phil., PGCTE (EFLU)


Does literature help students to learn a language? Why the English teacher uses literature in language class? What are the main problems in teaching literature in language classroom? Should we, as teachers, keep the students far from literature?

Literature is an authentic material and it encourages interaction among the learners and also it expands language awareness. Literature educates the whole person and motivates the people. It will teach a person about the society and world.

But it is not so simple a job to motivate learners towards learning a language while teaching literature. We think that there is an urgent need to balance the learning of technical skills in English with the studies in Literature.

This paper is an attempt to explain the social effects and other complications in teaching literature. It deals with the objectives and problems in teaching literature in language classroom.


This paper tries to unfold the socio-sanitary effects of teaching literature in English class room. It also focuses on the problems of teaching literature in English classroom. It is the teachers' responsibility to bring about a healthy balance between literature-heavy leaning and extreme language-only orientation that we notice in our colleges. Teaching literature in the language classroom could be interesting and effective.

There is correlation between literature and language in many ways. Unless a person learns a language, he cannot think of literature. Viswanadha Rao wrote that language and literature are the right eye and the left eye, the sun and the moon of all human expression (T. Viswanadha Rao, 2007: 144). The important explanation of literature is that literary texts are products that reflect different aspects of society. They are cultural documents which offer a deeper understanding of a country or countries (Basnet and Mounfold 1993). There is no inherent quality to a literary text that makes a literary text; rather it is the interpretation that the reader gives to the text (Eagleton, 1983).

Literature means "pieces of writing that are valued as works of art, especially novels, plays and poems" (A. S. Hornby, 2010: 898). Though we have many definitions and arguments regarding literature, the real thing is that literature deals with lives of human and other beings. Literature is intellectually inspiring because a book can take a reader to imaginative world. This is done through the use of descriptive language. That is why we say that language and literature are depending on each other.

Objectives of the Study

1. To find out the language needs in teaching literature in English language classroom.
2. To know the syllabus of literature in text books.
3. The problems that English teachers face during teaching literature are identified.
4. To find out solutions for the problems of teaching literature in language classroom.

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A. Ramesh Babu, M.A., M. Phil., Ph. D.
Kamala Institute of Technology and Sciences
Andhra Pradesh, India

A. Komuraiah, M.A., M. Phil., PGCTE (EFLU)
A.K.V.R. Junior College
Andhra Pradesh, India

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