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ERIC Number: EJ1112015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1535-0517
How to Unpack a Difficult Poem for Language Learning
Hess, Natalie
CATESOL Journal, v22 n1 p203-215 2010-2011
Claiming that poetry is essentially an oral art and thus eminently suitable as discourse for language teaching and learning, the author guides readers through step-by-step strategies in how to make the pictures of poetry visible and the sounds of poetry audible for language-learning students. Using the poem "Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley, the author presents strategies that allow us to see and understand the people, the place, and the drama felt throughout the poem. She makes clear that these strategies can be used with most poems. She chooses objects and moments from students' everyday experiences to demonstrate each technique, and she explains how such ordinary objects and events can bring out the essence of each poem. These techniques also offer opportunities for the practice of all language skills, and they promote student group and pair work for vocabulary recycling and practice of structure as they enjoy literary content.
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Language: English
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