Love, Life, Literature!
Why introduce Literature when learning English?
The answer is, why not? It's a great way to improve your vocabulary, grammar, fluency, reading and writing skills. Besides, when we read we can be transported to different worlds, we can change into different personalities, we laugh, we suffer, we cry, WE LIVE!!!
I love reading, and that's probably another justification for me insisting so much on the importance of reading, and the importance of knowing the great English and North American writers, from William Shakespeare to The Brontë sisters or Charles Dickens, from Mark Twain to Edgar Allan Poe or the great Ernest Hemingway and his fascination for Spanish culture.
Have a look at the following google map of English writers.
Fuente, Inma López