I love Poetry, I’ve loved it since beginning high school with my incredible English Literature & English Language teacher Mrs Hesp! My favourite poem is La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats and some of my favourite poets are: Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Sarah Kay, Pablo Neruda, Thomas Hardy, Rupi Kaur and Catherynne Valente to name but a few. I collect poetry books that fuse nature and magical realism in their structure and I am working on my own illustrated poetry book too. I believe if TEFL teaching became a substantial career path I’d go back to university to perhaps do a PGCE in English Language with an emphasis on English Literature- specifically specializing in Poetry and short stories.
In regards to teaching Poetry as a TEFL session, whether in a group, one-to-one or skype, I think it makes for a brilliant mini break from general grammar studies and introduces the student to a world where you are allowed to experiment and bend the rules- because that is what poetry does and there is this wonderful freedom and play with words when writing poetry. Continue reading