COD 2020 - P268

Creative Ideas to work with Poetry in the Classroom

Primary school teachers

1 sessions, start: 13-Mar

Course detail

Year: 2020
Level: Primary
Language: English
Status: Postponed
Facilitator/s: 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 13 March 2020 05:30 pm 08:30 pm


Griselda Beacon

Griselda Beacon is a teacher trainer and a literature lover. She delivers teacher training workshops and talks on literature and foreign language learning in international contexts.
Griselda holds an MA in English & Literature and German as a Foreign Language from Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany. She has been working in the field of teacher education and Primary curriculum development for over 20 years.
She is a co-author of Together (Oxford UP), a tailor-made English coursebook series for Argentina, and co-editor of the book International Perspectives on Diversity in ELT (Palgrave, 2021).
She delivers teacher training workshops for several institutions, such as ESSARP, Oxford University Press in South America, NILE – Norwich Institute for Language Education in the UK, and she is currently mentoring the Young Learners Hub in Globe –TransformELT.
Her special interests include literature, young learners, creativity, CLIL and intercultural education. Passionate about children’s literature, Griselda loves visiting schools for storytelling sessions, reads picturebooks with children, and carries out projects with literature and art to foster creative reading, play, drama, diversity and inclusion in the English classroom.
She currently lectures in American Literature at UBA and teaches Children & Young Adults' Literature at IES en Lenguas Vivas Juan Ramón Fernández, Creativity at ENS en Lenguas Vivas S. B. de Spangenberg, Play, Music, Dance and Literature in Pre-Primary Education at IESPEI Sara Eccleston and Drama Techniques in the English Class at ISP Joaquín V. Gonzalez.
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.

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.
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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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