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Open textbook: "This booklet is a collection of opinions of nearly 50 important poets from 25 countries in 5 continents on the best ways to present poetry to secondary school pupils. It is mainly intended for use in teacher training programmes, to bring to methods of teaching poetry two important dimensions: the creative...
Open textbook: "This booklet is a collection of opinions of nearly 50 important poets from 25 countries in 5 continents on the best ways to present poetry to secondary school pupils. It is mainly intended for use in teacher training programmes, to bring to methods of teaching poetry two important dimensions: the creative perspective of poets themselves, as well as the perspective of different cultures regarding the reading and writing of poetry. It is not intended as a methodology in itself. Ordinarily, the manuals used by teachers for the purpose of devising lesson plans for the teaching of poetry are written by pedagogues and are largely based upon research and experience drawn from the fi eld of teaching. The enrichment of these methods by the consideration of the views of major living poets themselves can be very valuable in the training of teachers in ways of stimulating the creative thinking of learners of secondary school age. In fact, it is to be hoped that users of this guide will consider inviting poets into teachers’ classrooms. Furthermore, the enhancement of methods of teacher training by viewpoints from many different cultures broadens the approach of the teachers in schools, emphasising multicultural education or peace education." (taken from the Introduction to the Guide)