ERIC Number: ED223098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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All This Fiddle: Enhancing Language Awareness Through Poetry.
The relevance of poetry as a component of language teaching is argued and ways to incorporate poems into English as second language (ESL) lessons are suggested. Literature is valuable as a language learning experience because the language of literature is interesting and memorable and serves as a link with English speaking culture. The study of poetry and other literature is necessary to an understanding of the full nature of English. In sharing poetry with adolescent and adult ESL students, teachers should (1) select poems that promote deeper self-understanding among students, (2) explain the story in the poem, (3) explain the poet's underlying cultural assumptions, and (4) treat formal aspects of the poem as ways in which the poet plays with the linguistic resources of the language. Six techniques for using poetry in the classroom are described, including word choice and sentence combining exercises, reading poems aloud, and translating poems into everyday language. (RW)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, English (Second Language), Language Enrichment, Literature, Poetry, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
Not available separately; see FL 013 281.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (15th, Detroit, MI, March 3-8, 1981). In: On TESOL '81.