ERIC Number: ED209955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
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Poetry as a Language-Acquisition Tool.
Brown, Bonnie M.
Although poems have fallen into disuse as vehicles of second language instruction, they are by no means as inaccessible as many think. A teacher's choice of poems for classroom use will begin with a consideration of learning goals; these govern choice of tone, subject, point of view, and the like. Variety is important, and several varied poems by the same author would be ideal. Class discussion of poems begins with a discussion of basic tools of analysis (point of view, language, theme, structure, and literary ambience). Garcia Lorca's poem "Las seis cuerdas" provides an example for analysis. Form, function, and structure are discussed, and the poem provides in addition opportunities for examining vocabulary and grammar. After an analysis, students may be asked to write a poem of their own. If poems are read aloud and memorized, and if quizzes are administered based on poems, then the study of poetry reinforces all language skills. A selected bibliography is appended. (JB)
Descriptors: Literary Criticism, Poetry, Postsecondary Education, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Teaching Methods
Not available separately; see FL 012 676.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Omaha, NE, April 9-11, 1981).