Friday, 20 June 2014

Poetry in EFL classes

Today I would like to talk about poetry. Could it be useful in an EFL class?  As usual, I try to imagine some activities that involve the use of different digital tools.

What's poetry? 
At the following link you can find some great definitions (I made the above word cloud from some of these definitions using Tagul):

Why study poetry in an ESL classroom? 
Poetry can help you reach many goals. Take a look at the following map I created with Cacoo:

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Some links about the different kinds of poetry

Different types of poetry:

Examples of different types of poetry:

Forms of poetry:

What about writing a poem?

Watch the video

Where to begin? Have a look at this diagram I made with Cacoo.

Click to enlarge my map

Some more tips

Some useful figures of speech:

To find rhymes:

Let's practise!

Magnetic Poetry is a funny tool to write poems. You have to choose some words to create your masterpiece! Try it! Watch my example at the following link:

You could also make a poetry magazine where you could collect all your poems! Joomag is a great web tool.

Have a look at my example by clicking on the picture below:

"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."
Robert Frost


  1. Roberta: you are a great teacher!

  2. This looks great - thanks for sharing.

  3. Good ideas and tools; however, when I saw the title of the post I thought you were going to use poetry, I mean, read poems by established poets and use them to develop language skills. It seems to me that the idea behind the post is to get students to write poetry for fun (which is good), and not really about the literary genre as a means to language proficiency.

    1. Yes Cesar, it's about creative writing and digital tools ;-)

  4. Thank you for a nice idea and good tools.