Acrostic poem

For Marie-Claire

Most of all, I would like to know why and how

Although, that doesn’t matter now

Repeating this question, over and over

I don’t know the answer, nor do I ever get over

English, yes as ironically as maybe

 

Claire, remember that you will always be

Loved

All the time, forever in our hearts

I mean in all

Rest in peace

Eventually, we will meet again, goodbye for now

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Spoken word poem: Anti-society 

Having a huge friend list,but instead friendless
No more humanity,
A society full of digital insanity
Our lives exist of technology,
so give an apology
to the world and its beauty.
Full of connections,
But only with our phone
So, why not take another selfie, all on your own
Alone

Poetry lesson plan

Lead-in activity: Students form pairs with someone they know reasonable well. They individually make a mindmap of who they are, using words, phrases etc. They are allowed to use a dictionary. After about 5 minutes or so the students will switch their mindmaps in between the pairs and with another color the students add their thoughts of that specific student. Students who might have problems with talking about themselves in too much depth are allowed to keep it very basic.

During: The teacher shows the students  the format of a BIO-poem. Students are now going to write their own BIO-poem in pairs (each doing their own). They can ask questions and look up words if necessary. Half way in, I’ll show the students a few lines as an example to help them.

Post-activity: Student who want to, can read out their poem or their partner can do that for them. If all students are afraid of reciting their poem, I’ll ask one of the students to read a few of my own.

Talking about yourself is something students have to do a lot. My thoughts behind this lesson are based on the idea of having a wide range of vocab to describe yourself in English.

Peer feedback (which I have added in)

Chantal: Great idea and subject to talk about your own life. How are you going to solve problems with reading out loud and talking about yourself?

Citra: What if people don’t want to talk about themselves?

Maxime:What will you do when people are done earlier than intended? Students will know each other better in a fun way!

 

Justification – The use of poetry in ESL lessons

Why do we need to use poetry in ELT lessons?So, when students achieve a certain level of English they are capable of writing an average piece of literature. A logical next step should definitely introduce poetry, sadly enough this isn’t the case everywhere.Holmes, V. L (2001). Way too many EFL classes don’t cover poetry at all, let alone write poetry. In this article, I am going to show you why I recommend the use of poetry in EFL classes.

A study from Danling, F.U. (2003) has shown that most pattern books have the same style of rhythm as poetry has. This study was for Chinese students and since for them, rhythm is an issue this might be an effective solution to adjust to English rhythm. But writing poems was found to be difficult, so they needed to accustom the student to the patterns by constantly reading and listening to them. Afterwards, students began to recognise structures and were capable of writing their own pieces.

So, when the student is capable of writing a poem, they are able to express their feelings and views better according to Danling, F.U. (2003). It is important to use topics which the students care about most and list words in which they can express their ideas. Also, it’s very important to read out loud stories and recite poems, this prepares them to speak and improve speaking. It will also give an idea of the progress they have made, this can also be done in a book of creations for example. Danling, F.U. (2003) Keeping track of what has already been achieved leads to motivation because students can see their progress and give a clear view on what points they need to work on.

When students get in touch with poems, in a while they will start to appreciate the writer’s composition process and will develop a new range of words which may arise a deeper interest in these words and their analytical ability Hişmanoğlu, M.(2005) And when the students actually write poems themselves, they might develop a different view towards language Hişmanoğlu, M.(2005).

Also, students might be able to relate to the poems, which allows them to express their own feelings better. Adding on to this, it will teach students metaphors, irony and other figures of speech. Hişmanoğlu, M.(2005). They are also able to create ‘a polished piece of writing in a relatively short period’ Holmes, V. L (2001) use and learn new vocabulary, learn language and structure Holmes, V. L (2001).

Some students are a little afraid of poetry, they think this is only for native speakers and therefore avoid writing or reading poetry. This is not the case, it can be used for personal and cultural expression Laborda, J.G., (2012). It can engage students with the target language more and gives a creative perfective to the language and the feelings of the students. Laborda, J.G., (2012)

Overall, poetry is seen to be effective in EFL classes for multiple reasons such as language development, affinity with the language and a way to express feelings towards language. I hope poetry will be used a lot more over the years. Personally, I found it really entertaining and interesting to play with words in such a particular way.

Sources

Danling, F.U. (2003). An Island of English Teaching ESL in Chinatown Danling. Retrieved from https://www.heinemann.com/shared/onlineresources/E00481/chapter5.pdf

Hişmanoğlu, M.(2005) Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies Vol.1, No.1, Teaching English Through Literature Retrieved from crop.pdf

Holmes, V. L., Moulton, M. R., & Cambridge University Press. (2001). Writing Simple Poems: Pattern Poetry for Language Acquisition. Retrieved from crop.pdf

Laborda, J.G., (2012) Plurilingualism: Promoting co-operation between communities, people, and nations. Multicultural poetry in ELT: benefits, challenge, and strategies. Retrieved from crop.pdf

Button poem

The smell of fried fish and salty potatoes,

chewing warm, soft and divine potatoes.

Having a bite of fish, biting in the crispy crust, soaked with grease but yet so delicious.

A chef’s taste,

Creme-brulee, caviar and truffles.

True destination, feeling of belonging.

Cupcakes, chocolate pies and mashed potatoes.

Leaving the old, creating new,

Mixing batter, kneeding dough and adding vanilla.

A dream, a purpose and a future.

Pleasing people and their tastebuds,

combining the ingredients and whisking the mixture.

An aromatic new path.

Picture poem

The doubtful look on the face,

an arch and a fenced doorstep.

Reading, immene concentration and some doubt,

dark shaded and blending in,

full of ideas.

You never know what is right,

but never be in doubt.

Never be afraid to choose,

because choices are what defines us.