Can Literature Improve English Proficiency: The Students Perspective

  •  Gopala Krishnan Sekharan Nair    
  •  Roszainora Setia    
  •  Siti Norliana Ghazali    
  •  Elangkeeran Sabapathy    
  •  Razita Mohamad    
  •  Myshithah Mohamad Ali    
  •  Mohan K. Muniandy    
  •  Ramachandran Theethappan    
  •  Wan Aida Wan Hassan    
  •  Nor Syamimi Iliani Che Hassan    


Promoting the interest of learning English Language through the teaching of literature is considered to improve the proficiency of the students in the target language too. Therefore, this study aims to investigate whether the teaching of literature promotes students’ proficiency in the target language. Thus this study has taken into account the students’ feedback on the subject, teaching methodologies employed by teachers and the literary texts used in the school. The survey was conducted at SMK Bukit Besi to elicit information on the students’ perception and interest towards literature as part of their English Syllabus. A total of 50 respondents were selected and given a set of questionnaire to provide the data. Based on the findings, it was found out that learning literature has indeed assisted them to improve their grasp of the target language. It was also found that students perceive learning literature as important and integral in the holistic development of language of the students. The study also determined that the approach and styles of the teacher, choice of literary texts and students’ interest determine a successful programme. Future researchers should widen their scope of research by a more varied and wider sampling.

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