COD 2023 - D854

Webinar - Poetry in the Classroom

Primary school teachers

1 sessions, start: 06-May

Course detail

Year: 2023
Level: Distance
Language: English
Status: Ended
Lugar: Distance
Facilitator/s: Mag. Griselda Beacon MA
Print course
ESSARP Schools
Free of charge
Exams Schools
ARS 4500.00
Non affiliate
ARS 4500.00


Sessions Dates Start Finish
1 06 May 2023 10:00 am 11:30 am


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
● Continue developing an attitude of curiosity and openness towards poetry and language learning.
Play with the language at word level (creation), as well as with pronunciation, rhythm and intonation to develop language awareness.

Develop self-expression through artistic tasks to foster language appropriation.
Construct individual voice and cultural identity.
Read, write, recite and perform poems with children to encourage collaborative learning.
Design creative activities such as poetry intervention and turning poems into boxes.
The workshop explores the possibilities poems offer to help children develop language awareness and appropriation through highly interactive and collaborative activities which foster exploration and discovery. In our session, we will work with contemporary children’s poetry and plan creative activities to trigger the learners’ creativity.
We will read a selection of poems written by John Agard, Grace Nichols, Roger McGough, Ian McMillan, Tony Mitton, Michael Rosen, David Harmer, Paul Cookson, Benjamin Zephaniah, Simon Armitage, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Roald Dahl, among others.
Workshop: The session has a dialogical and interactive approach in which participants 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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