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Academic Paper

Title: Meaningful literacy: Writing poetry in the language classroom
Author: David Ian Hanauer
Institution: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: This paper develops the concept of meaningful literacy and offers a classroom methodology – poetry writing – that manifests this approach to ESL/EFL literacy instruction. The paper is divided into three sections. The first deals with the concept of meaningful literacy learning in second and foreign language pedagogy; the second summarizes empirical evidence that characterizes second language (L2) poetry writing; and the third describes the practical aspects of teaching poetry writing. This approach is presented as a way of humanizing the second and foreign language classroom by refocusing on the individual language learner as the center of the learning process.


This article appears IN Language Teaching Vol. 45, Issue 1.

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