Constructivism grounds on the process of reframing one's mental representation of the external world to fit new experiences. The basic constructivist tenet that knowledge is first constructed in a social and cultural context, and is then appropriated by individuals gives way to the reconsideration of the present teaching instruments and strategies. Within this framework, literary texts offer a specific context through which learners are encouraged to express their opinions and feelings and they make connections between their own experiences and those expressed in the text. Thus, this study aims to present how the use of literature in the constructivist classroom offers a learning ground while also helping learners to become communicatively competent individuals within culture-creating communities. (C) 2010 Published by Elsevier Ltd.