Investigation of Kurdish Students’ Perceptions of Using Literature as Main Material in the EFL Speaking Course

Abstract

This study aims to find out the nature of the methods that are applied for teaching literature in English departments of the Colleges of Education, Basic Education and Languages at Salahaddin University for the academic year 2019-2020. It also aims to evaluate the considerable teaching techniques and the students’ styles of copying with them and investigating about the positive influence of the applied teaching methods to promote the learners’ speaking skill. The last aim is to find out the learners’ perceptions concerning the procedures that are applied in the class to conduct the tasks and the activities so as to enhance their speaking skill. To conduct the study the researcher uses three tools (questionnaire for students, oral test for the students and observation checklist).170 students from Colleges of Education, Basic Education and Languages take part in this study. The results reveal that the methods that are applied in teaching literature are effective and develop the learners’ speaking skills and the majority of the learners have positive attitudes towards learning literature and its methods of teaching. Also The results show that the methods that are applied in literature are varied since most of the instructors do not follow a specific standard method of teaching literature instead they use mixed methods in their classes.