ABSTRACT Many first- and second-year language courses stress the acquisition of oral competence. To continue this emphasis on speaking in the third year, a generally difficult transitional level, an interactive introduction to literature course was developed. In this course, students learn the skills of literary analysis while continuing to refine oral communication skills. This article discusses the methodology used in the interactive introduction to literature course. Topics treated are: criteria for choosing a text; pre- and post-reading strategies which make a text accessible, help students take an active role in literary interpretation and improve speaking abilities; and the tools acquired by the students to analyze and discuss literature.