Second Language Expressive Writing in Times of Global Crisis: Poetry as a Humanistic Practice

Second Language Expressive Writing in Times of Global Crisis: Poetry as a Humanistic Practice

Jawad Golzar, Mir Abdullah Miri
Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-6732-6.ch008
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Meaningful literacy has tremendous yet untapped potential to engage language learners in significant ways. This study explored the EFL students' poetry writing in terms of gender, poetic features use, degree of emotionality, language learning, and therapeutic effects. During the times of global crisis, the researchers recruited two EFL students who had a meaningful literacy project as a course requirement. After analyzing the two poetic pieces considering linguistic measures, the two participants were interviewed to investigate students' reported experiences with writing poetry. The analysis revealed that the participants expressed positive attitudes toward poetry writing as it helped them share their inner thoughts and feelings despite sociocultural constraints. It was also found that poetry writing helped the participants improve their target language, feel emotionally relieved, serving as psychological therapy. The study proposed several pedagogical implications related to L2 expressive pedagogy that can be incorporated into second writing education curriculums.
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Purpose Of The Study

This study investigates how male and female adult EFL college students express their emotions through L2 writing poetry during the times of crisis and how the practice contributes to their language learning.

The authors will specifically investigate:

  • How do Afghan EFL students express themselves through L2 poetry writing during the times of global?

  • What textual and literary characteristics have they used in their poems?

Key Terms in this Chapter

Meaningful Literacy: The ability that one can make sense of things using personal resources in surround environment.

Poetry: A literary work which allows writers to express their feelings and ideas in an aesthetic style.

Emotions: A natural intuitive feeling driving from an individual’s interactions with various sources.

Poetic Features: The literary components that writer can incorporate to write a poem such as imagery, rhyme, metaphor, alliteration, etc.

Expressive Writing: It is a writing genre that encourage students to express their inner thoughts and emotions.

Wellbeing: The state of feeling and experiencing a high quality of life.

Emotionality: It is a measure to assess someone’s degree of emotions toward a stimulus.

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