When Our Students Speak their Truth: Creative and Critical Spoken Word Poetry Activities to Support Language Learning

The deadline to register for this event is March 11th, 11:59 AM. A Zoom link to this PD session will be emailed to the registrants.
March 5, 2022 | Jerry Wang

In this 90-minute workshop, TESL Saskatchewan members will learn research-based creative and critical approaches to teaching multilingual language learners. This workshop presents data from a qualitative research study examining multilingual learners' experiences with spoken word poetry in an English for Academic Purposes course. By drawing on insights gained from a researcher-practitioner relationship, and data from student artifacts and interviews with language learners, I highlight the pedagogic potential of spoken word poetry for English language teaching and learning. The co-designed spoken word poetry curriculum belongs to a trend in language education that encourages multilingual language learners to critically examine themselves in relation to the world and to draw upon their diverse linguistic and cultural resources for meaning making and communication purposes. This workshop will combine a variety of modes including media, technology, hands-on activities and reflective discussions to engage TESL members in activities that scaffold the language development of their learners across proficiency areas in their diverse teaching contexts.

Jennifer Burton's Bio

Jennifer Burton is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada in the Language and Literacies Education Program. Her research focuses on critical, creative, and translanguaging pedagogies to support international students in language programs in higher education. She has taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in South Korea and English as a Second Language (ESL) in Canada in a variety of contexts for 15 years.

The cost of this Professional Development is free for all TESL Saskatchewan members.  Non-members are welcome to register but will need to pay the registration cost of $25 per person. Please feel free to forward this message to anyone that you think would be interested in attending this event.

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