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The main concern of a ESL teacher is not only to teach language, but to develop learners’ abilities to make them competent in using the language for a variety of purposes. There is a wide gap between having information and being able to use or deliver it spontaneously for communicative purposes. This paper aims to pinpoint the relevant role of literature as a resource for second language teaching. Here the focus will be on the use of literary texts in order to help students to develop their proficiency in English. Literature supplies many linguistic opportunities to the language learner and allows the teacher to design activities that are based on material capable of stimulating greater interest and involvement than many other non-literary, informative texts. The aim of these activities should be to focus on the form and content of the text at stake, and to provide the stimulus for interaction to take place between the learners among them, and with the teacher. This paper is framed within the communicative approach to language teaching. A modernist text like a novel or a poem, for example, can be taken for teaching English Language skills to the students of ESL. A model followed in the ESL classroom with engineering background is discussed in this paper.