DEVELOPING WRITING SKILLS THROUGH LITERATURE IN UNDERGRAUATE ENGLISH CLASSES AT A BANGLADESHI UNIVERSITY
This paper aims to examine how literary texts from an English Literary Reading course can be used in an Advanced English Grammar course to develop the writing skills of undergraduate students of English Language and Literature at a private university in Bangladesh. The focus is to teach and learn advanced English grammar in the contexts of the literary texts (short stories written in English) from the English Literary Reading course and to develop the writing skills required to answer literary questions in that particular course. This pilot study will thus analyse a strategy of developing a productive skill (writing) through a receptive one (reading). Qualitative methodology has been used to collect and analyse the data. The data have been collected through questionnaires and scripts checking of fifty students of the first semester of BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature who have taken both the courses. The findings suggest that the contexts of the familiar literary texts from the reading course generates a more engaging teachinglearning environment in the grammar classes. Also, it leads the students to make fewer mistakes in their answers to questions in the reading course. The recommendation of setting two companion courses of grammar and literary reading in the same semester to facilitate language learning is also added at the end of the paper.