Using Poetry with ESL Students?

Do you love poetry? If so, who influenced your love of it? For me, it was my father who first taught me that poetry could just mean–to him, it simply was.

Since poetry involves simile and metaphore, the words matter primarily as a gateway to the artist’s intent, or our own meaning. In that sense, is it unusual to use the meaning of poetry to encourage English language learning?

Read the article below, from TESOL Connections, to get ideas on using poetry with learners of English.

TESOL Connections – March 2012

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About DrEMiller

Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Home: Sint Maarten. K-12 teacher for 13 years (Special Education for 10 years); Post-secondary educator since 2002; Education consulting since 1995. When teaching, held teaching certificates in K-12 special education, reading specialist; and secondary social studies. Doctorate: Educational Psychology Programmer/analyst for 10 years, including project management and training of corporate execs.
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2 Responses to Using Poetry with ESL Students?

  1. What a great idea by including poetry with ESL! My love of poetry came from my Grandfather who secretly would write small poems on napkins during his coffee break.

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