By Tarun Patel
You and your students might already enjoy reading and listening to poetry in your own language and perhaps in English too. Poems are, after all, authentic texts. This is a great motivator. Poems are often rich in cultural references, and they present a wide range of learning opportunities. For me, the aim is to teach English through poetry, not to teach the poetry itself, so you don’t need to be a literature expert.
Most of the tried and tested activities used regularly by language teachers can be adapted easily to bring poetry into the classroom.
- Communicative speaking activities
- Working on pronunciation
- Writing activities
- Some pros and cons
Communicative speaking activities
Before doing any productive work, I like to give my students plenty of pre-reading activities so that they are adequately prepared.
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