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Expressive Content Writing - The Inclusion of Poetry in History Courses!

Improving Learning Strategies in Liberal Arts

Discussant Information

Dr. Sandra Robinson

Author Information:

Dr. Frank Jacob
CUNY (QCC)
jacob.m.a84@googlemail.com
Maria-Theresia Jacob
Senior High School Bad K?nigshofen, Germany

Presentation Information:

Presentation #: 1
Date: 1st June, 2015
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: KHAIROON WEST (Room 2)

Abstract:

While expressive writing is mainly used in English classes or other language courses, it could also be used in History courses. Using poems, e.g. war poems of World War I, as a first contact medium, which provides an insight into a historical situation or environment, it is a way to use expressive writing based on content to stimulate the interest of students with regard to the materials. Thereby two different teaching frameworks, i.e. language analysis and historical teaching, can be combined to give the students 1) a better impression of the topic and 2) the possibility to reflect about the topic while increasing their language capabilities. The proposed presentation will give an insight to our teaching experiences using this method to show that the combination of different subjects might be a fruitful way to establish a content alliances between those teaching methods.?