The Novel as Textbook

  • Elisabeth Gareis
  • Martine Allard
  • Jackie Saindon


The use of authentic literature, especially novels, has proven electrifying for teachers as well as students: a development mirrored in the success of related methodologies and the increasing availability of materials accompanying literature. The benefits of using novels as textbooks are numerous. Research consistently shows the benefits of extended reading; novels are motivating and authentic; and they can support any curriculum and be used in a variety of programs. Issues discussed in the article include a rationale for using novels as textbooks, selection criteria, ways of teaching discrete and integrated skills, and reflections on the pros and cons of using literature to teach English.
How to Cite
Gareis, E., Allard, M., & Saindon, J. (2009). The Novel as Textbook. TESL Canada Journal, 26(2), 136 - 147.