Website review teaching poetry: a review of some websites

Chaudhary, Shreesh (2018) Website review teaching poetry: a review of some websites. Language and Language Teaching, 7 (1). pp. 70-73. ISSN 2277-307X

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Poetry is perhaps the oldest and most popular genre of literature globally. Yet poetry remains under-utilized in language classrooms and also a source of lot of anxiety. In India, poetry is taught mostly as a part of literature component in the syllabus. However, can it also be used in the "language" classrooms? Can it be used for teaching language? How can it be best taught for its own sake? Is it possible to teach how to write poetry? Is it possible to create among students a liking for (English) poetry? These are some of the questions that fuel our anxieties in using poetry to teach language. At the center of this anxiety is the asymmetry that use of language purely for informational purposes has over using language for aesthetic reasons in classrooms. There is a change coming; research shows that our knowledge of language, among other things, includes our ability to decode sentences, but 'motivation' plays a central role in language acquisition. With this awareness there has arisen a not too-well articulated but an evergrowing need in language classrooms in India for new material that is both authentic and interesting. Poems as songs have always answered this need. Today they are available easily and aplenty at the Internet

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Chaudhary, Shreesh
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Teaching Poetry Society American Poets
Subjects: Language
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Language and Language Teaching
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