Pondering: Poetry for ESL

Just a Word

I don’t have a clear stance on this yet, but I am starting to experiment with using poetry in order to help develop fluency and pronunciation with my speaking students. As I was looking around for some poems to use with my students, a couple of warnings popped up:

  • be careful for very confusing poems, or poems that aren’t easily interpreted
  • be careful for poems with obscure grammar

What about when you are looking for a poem, what should you look for?

  • look for one with some good, concrete nouns so that the student will be able to conjure up images to help give meaning to the poem
  • look for poems that the students will be able to expand a little, or that at least pose a question or problem for them to talk about: the more that they talk about it, the more it will solidify in their…

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