The Role of Teaching the English Novel in Developing Language Skills

Abstract

In teaching English as a foreign language, the novel plays a vital role in developing and enhancing the language skills because in the novel the full range and variety of the English language is displayed with concrete examples of writing skill in action. A novel can be a stimulating resource for activities for language learners without necessarily involving them in a dedicated analysis of a highly literary criticism nature. In teaching English as a foreign language, the novel has played a vital role in developing and enhancing the language skills, because:In the novel the full range and variety of the English language is displayed, with concrete examples of writing skills in action (for example, the sequencing of ideas). A rich context for grammatical and lexical items is provided, as well as a large resource of prompts for oral work (Hurst, 1989-1990: 68). For students, a novel has two objectives. First, it can create interest in studying it carefully and attentively. Second, the novel is the main source for providing them with various vocabulary items and with practical grammatical structures. Moreover, it may implicitly enhance the pronunciation of English particularly when it is read loudly in the classroom or at home. In addition, the two skills, reading and writing are consolidated actively through studying the English novel. So, studying the novel helps students to organize their ideas and participate in discussing different subjects properly and seriously. It builds up the base for acquiring and developing the four English language skills:listening, speaking, reading and writing