Remember Me. Teaching Dementia through Poetry in the EFL Classroom
Gort Paniello, Marta
Universitat de Lleida. Facultat d'Educació, Psicologia i Treball Social
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The aim of this dissertation is to fill two gaps observed in the current educational context: firstly, the lack of information about the older collective and cognitive diseases; secondly, the absence of literary works -and poetry, in particular- in the EFL classroom. The innovation proposal consists of implementing a unit in which students create a tanka dedicated to one grandparent. All the students’ final products are uploaded in the same webpage, which encourages readers to make a donation for Alzheimer’s research. Before starting the unit, the 58 students of 2nd of ESO answered a questionnaire to evaluate their attitudes towards poetry and their previous knowledge on ageing. Once the unit was finished, students repeated a similar questionnaire to evaluate if there had been any changes in their perception of poetry and the older collective. Results point out that students (1) enjoy being with their grandparents, (2.1) after completing the unit, they considered that poetry is more difficult than what they believed before, (2.2) slightly improved their attitude toward reading poetry and (2.3) underestimated their capacity for writing a poem in English.
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