How to Use Poems in EFL Teaching

By Tony Penston

This is an example of how to use a popular poem to engage students and improve pronunciation using old-fashioned but effective drilling.

Benefits and rationale

Poems are written to be read aloud and usually have a rhythm that can be shown and enjoyed. Unfortunately, being authentic material they make little concession for language learners, hence I don’t recommend their use below a strong intermediate level. However, they are ideal for certain classes. Choose a poet that is well known or otherwise of interest as this ensures . . .

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