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REASONS FOR INTRODUCING LITERATURE IN THE TEACHING PROCESS. This article describes some guidelines for teaching literature as a means of enhancing the students' level of acquisition in a foreign language. There are mentioned some arguments referring to the importance of integrating this subject when teaching foreign languages. By being a part of the category of authentic texts, literature works provide to a teacher a certain kind of openness that graded coursebooks do not offer. There are various teaching techniques available for this subject and in my opinion the best outcome is that the learner is encouraged to have an active role in the learning process and thus gain learner autonomy.
It is also depicted the usefulness of teaching literature but this time from the students’ perspective. I have included some feedback received from students who have been studying Norwegian for six semesters. There will be placed an emphasis on the skills acquired by students as a result of integrating literature in their learning process.
The article consists of three sections: the first one enumerates some solid reasons for using literature as a means of acquiring knowledge in a foreign language, the second presents some techniques for tackling literature in the classroom and the last part contains some suggestions and activities that can be applied succesfully in the teaching process.
This article was presented at the Hamsun 2009 Conference during a workshop organized for young researchers.

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