COD 2020 - D252

Webinar - Creative Ideas to work with Poetry in the Classroom

Primary school teachers

1 sessions, start: 30-May

Course detail

Year: 2020
Level: Primary
Language: English
Status: Ended
Lugar: Distance
Facilitator/s: Mag. Griselda Beacon MA
Print course
ESSARP Schools
Free of charge
Exams Schools
ARS 1200.00
Non affiliate
ARS 1200.00


Sessions Dates Start Finish
1 30 May 2020 10:30 am 12:00 pm


Griselda Beacon

Griselda Beacon is a teacher educator and specializes in literature & art in ELT. Her interests include literature, young learners, CLIL, creativity and critical interculturality. Passionate about art in education, Griselda carries out projects with literature, storytelling, drama, visual arts and creative writing to foster self-expression and creativity in diverse and inclusive English language classrooms. She holds an MA in Literature and Foreign Language Teaching from Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany, and has been working in the field of teacher education and Primary curriculum development for over 20 years. She has been sharing her experience as an in-service teacher trainer and curriculum developer in Latin America, Europe, Africa & Asia. She is a co-author of Together (Oxford UP, 2018), an English coursebook series tailor-made for Argentina and co-editor of the book International Perspectives on Diversity in ELT (Palgrave, 2021). Griselda has taught Children’s & Young Adult Literature, Creativity, Drama Techniques in the English Class and Play, Music, Dance & Literature in Pre-Primary Education at Teacher Training Colleges in Buenos Aires. She regularly works as a consultant for educational institutions, such as language schools (NILE - Norwich Institute for Language Education) in the UK, ELT publishers (Oxford University Press) & libraries. At present, she lectures in American Literature at Universidad de Buenos Aires –UBA. In her spare time, Griselda loves dancing, getting lost in bookstores and taking drama classes.
Primary school teachers
Discover the possibilities poetry gives for self-expression through the arts and the construction of individual voice and cultural identity.

Read, write and perform poems with children to help them develop self-expression, collaborative learning, language awareness and appropriation.

Think, plan and practice a variety of classroom activities to help teachers and students:
- Continue developing a positive attitude, of curiosity and openness, towards poetry and language learning.
- Help children develop their creative and critical thinking skills.
- Intervene poems to write creatively and collaboratively.
- Create poems in 3D (poems in boxes, performative poems).
The workshop explores the possibilities poems offer to help children develop language awareness and appropriation through highly interactive and collaborative activities that foster exploration and discovery. In our session, we will work with contemporary children´s poets and their poems to carry out different activities that will challenge our own creativity. Be ready to engage in tasks that will put you to work actively in collaborative contexts.

Among the poets we are going to read, you can find: John Agard, Grace Nichols, Roger McCough, Ian McMillan, Tony Mitton, Michael Rosen, Jackie Kay, David Farmer, Paul Cookson, Benjamin Zephaniah, Simon Armitage, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, among others.
Webinar - Zoom

It has a dialogical and interactive approach.
Participants will discuss and apply concepts, brainstorm creative teaching ideas, develop supporting teaching materials and carry out the tasks in groups.
Egan, Kieran. (2005) An Imaginative Approach to Teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass
Lazar, Gillian. (2005) Literature and Language Teaching. Cambridge: CUP.
Maley, Alan. (1994) Short and Sweet. Short Texts and How to Use Them. Londres: Penguin
McRae, John. (1991) Literature with a Small “l”. Londres: Macmillan
Pope, Rob. (1995) Textual Intervention. Critical and Creative Strategies for Literary Studies. Londres: Routledge
Worthy, Jo. (2005) Readers Theater for Building Fluency. New York: Teaching Resources
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