Benefits Of Studying and Creating Poetry
Poetry can be successfully introduced in either a child-orientated or adult ESL classroom—to the benefit of all learners, even those with limited literacy and proficiency in English. With the right selection of practical classroom activities, students can be guided to discuss and write about poems and to express how specific poems speak to their life situations. They can also be encouraged to create poems of their own to express their own feelings, thoughts, or beliefs.
Furthermore, providing an abundance of poetry collections and resources to help each students discover poems and poetry writing techniques that uniquely speak to him or her will stimulate additional reading and learning.
The official website of Academy of American Poets, Poets.org, is one of the largest and most popular poetry sites on the Internet. It offers hundreds of essays and interviews about poetry, biographies of more than 500 poets, more than 2,500 poems, and audio clips of 150 poems.
For a glimpse at the successful implementation of poetry into an ESL learning environment, look to the following model.
An American Poetry Project for Low Intermediate ESL Adults from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. from Kristin Lems, an associate professor in the Department of Applied Language at National-Louis University, in Chicago, Illinois.
A quick and easy reference to poetry exercises that can be easily implemented into an ESL classroom: check out 15 poems you can write now at Poetry Express
And to help students explore various styles and types of poetry, look to the comprehensive list of forms of poetry for children that can be found at this site from The Lakes School in Cumbria, U.K.
When ESL teachers and learners write and read poetry together, they connect with the introduction of English as a second language as well as with one another other in powerful ways.