Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Language, Literature, Culture & Education 2014
ISBN 978-967-13140-0-5

Teaching Hausa Language through Literature

Haruna Alkasim Kiyawa

Universiti Utara Malaysia


This paper aims at highlighting the use of literature as a current method for teaching basic language skills (i.e. reading, listening, writing and speaking). Also, it deals with language areas such as vocabulary development, grammar and pronunciation. Fundamentally, the paper uses Hausa short stories as source of data to analyse the language skills teaching in Hausa language classroom. As such, the paper uses ethnography research method in evaluating the data. In addition, the paper outlined some reasons for using literary text in Hausa language classroom as well as the criteria for selecting appropriate texts for teaching in language classes. Moreover, the paper tries to points out the vital reasons and the criteria for language educators using Hausa literary texts.


Hausa language, Literature, Language skills, teaching and Short stories.

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