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Is there a poem in this class?: A study of the potential of poetry in the Swedish EFL classroom
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
: En studie av poesins potential i den svenska engelskundervisningen (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on two main areas. Firstly, it aims to investigate to what extent upper secondary EFL students’ response to poetry corresponds with one knowledge requirement set by Skolverket (National Agency for Education) for English 6. Secondly, it aims to give a brief account of student views on specific works of poetry, rather than poetry as a genre. To collect material for this study an investigation of the reception of three poems was conducted in two upper secondary classes, one in a vocational programme and one in an academic programme. The three poems chosen for the purpose were "Time passes by" by Anatol Knotek, "To the Virgins to make much of Time" by Robert Herrick and "Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin. The study shows that goal fulfilment does take place through the reading of and response to poetry, to a certain extent. The study also indicates that the students are more inclined to appreciate works of poetry than the notion of poetry as a genre. Finally, the paper suggests that more research be done on the subject, specifically to investigate what could be developed in order for poetry reading to further support learning outcomes.

Abstract [sv]

Uppsatsen inriktar sig på två huvudområden. Dess syfte är dels att undersöka i hur stor utsträckning den respons svenska gymnasieelever ger på dikter svarar mot kunskapskrav uppställda av Skolverket i kursplanen för Engelska 6. Dels syftar den till att kort redogöra för elevers syn på några enskilda dikter, snarare än på dikter som genre. En undersökning har genomförts där elever från två gymnasieklasser, en från ett yrkesinriktat program och en från ett studieinriktat program, fått ge sin respons på tre dikter. De valda dikterna är ”Time passes by” av Anatol Knotek, ”To the Virgins to make much of Time” av Robert Herrick och ”Cat’s in the Cradle” av Harry Chapin. Undersökningen visar att läsning och responsgivning på poesi i viss utsträckning leder till måluppfyllelse. Undersökningen tyder också på att eleverna tenderar att uppskatta enskilda dikter mer än dikter som genre, såsom de föreställer sig denna. Slutligen föreslås ytterligare forskning på ämnet med målet att undersöka hur arbete med dikter kan utvecklas för att leda till ytterligare måluppfyllelse.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
EFL, poetry, goal fulfilment, student attitudes, reading comprehension
National Category
Specific Literatures
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34995OAI: diva2:783104
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Educational program
Teacher education
engelska som främmande språk, dikter, poesi, måluppfyllelse, läsförståelse
Available from: 2015-01-28 Created: 2015-01-23 Last updated: 2015-01-28Bibliographically approved

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