ERIC Number: ED259571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Bilingual and Group Poetry in the Foreign Language Classroom.
Brod, Evelyn F.
OMLTA Journal, p9-19 1985
This article suggests a variety of ancillary activities in which poetry may be introduced into the foreign language classroom to build confidence and have fun in the second language, while practicing and reinforcing important linguistic concepts. The use of topics and themes such as wishes, comparisons, dreams, colors, or metaphors, is recommended. Class collaborative poems, to which each student contributes a line, is noted as a possible group activitiy. Poems from a variety of languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, are mentioned, and guidelines are given for choosing examples for classroom use. Hints for classroom implementation include emphasizing repetition instead of rhyme in student poetry writing assignments, because rhyme can be difficult for language learners; discouraging undue concern about spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness in student poetry writing; having enough copies of each poem for all students; and being aware of the special problems of adolescent students, such as shyness, the literariness of some who write and the hostility of some who don't. A suggested assignment that has been found to be effective is the writing of poems with foreign words in them. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For related documents, see FL 015 131-139.