The Potential of Literary Texts in the Language Classroom: The Study of Linguistic Functions
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Communication in a second language is a type of achievement which requires a very functional use of the language, resulting in the students’ability to express needs, desires, feelings and attitudes. Both oral and written communication should be immediate and onging from the point when students start studying a language and should provide them with a sense of progress in the foreign language. In order to achieve effective and motivating communication, it is usually necessary to go beyond the forms of the language or to use other input which differ from the traditional coursebook. In this sense,literary texts present a never-ending source of resources for studying and communicating in a foreign language. This paper presents an integrated approach to the study of language and literature, highlighting the potential of literary texts when studying the characteristics of a language and paying special attention to how linguistic functions can be explored,studied and practiced through literary...