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ERIC Number: ED224283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Linguistics and the Teaching of Poetry to Advanced Learners of EFL.
Holst, Janet
The place of poetry in teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) and the role of linguistics are considered. It is suggested that poetry teaching has a place in advanced EFL learners' progreams as a means of extending the learners' knowledge of the language and increasing their sense of appropriateness and sensitivity to language use. The value of a linguistic approach to teaching poetry is discussed, and suggestions are offered to help the teacher present the poem in class and make a preparatory analysis of a poem prior to class presentation. In addition, a list is presented of appropriate poems for students, grouped according to their exploitation of linguistic and poetic resource. Specially, the objective is to teach the communicative function of poetry (i.e., to discover how language is deployed to convey the poet's perceptions and concepts that make up the poem's unique view of reality, and its total imaginative, aesthetic, and linguistic effects). Difficulties posed by a new lexis, syntax, and interference resulting from the students' familiarity with the poetic features and resources of their native language are noted. It is suggested that the selection of poems be made on linguistic rather than aesthetic grounds. The poem "Ambulances" (Philip Larkin) is used to illustrate a linguistic approach to teaching poetry. Teachers are advised to consider the poem as a whole and the patterns apparent at different levels of the poem (grammatical features, lexical features, phonological features, and graphological features). (SW)
Institute of Education, London University, 20 Bedford Way, London W.C. 1, England.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: London Univ. (England). Inst. of Education.
Note: In its "English Literature for EFL," Working Documents 2.