Poetry, Literacy and confirming student identity

Dutton, J. (Speaker), Kathy Rushton (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Description

When the Malaysian-Australian author, rapper, and poet, Omar Musa observes "I do not see myself or one like me", he captures the experiences of many students when asked to be passionate and inspired by their encounters with poetry. This can be especially true for students who are learning English as an additional language or dialect and who may need support in language development. We know from research and practice that we can build engagement and support learning by encouraging students to employ all of their languages and by designing learning that embraces students' linguistic and cultural repertoires. This workshop will explore how to achieve this by using creative classroom-ready strategies, fabulous contemporary Australian poems (because we are always passionate about poetry!) and examples from English teachers who have been using poetry to develop literacy, negotiate and confirm student identities, and respect the linguistic and cultural heritages of their students.
Period31 May 2019
Held at2019 ETA Annual Conference
Event typeConference
LocationSydney, Australia
Degree of RecognitionNational