Sunday, March 17, 2013

This poem summarizes my presentation at TESOL Convention 2013

World Cultures Within Kids’ Reach

Dear language teacher,
Young learners are known for malleability 
And zeal to quench their curiosity
So as to grasp life aspects and any novelty
Why not seize such a golden opportunity
And make their future free from hostility?

Dear language teacher,
It is mainly your responsibility
To offer young learners the immunity
To stereotypes, prejudice and bigotry 
By exposing them to a selected variety
Of other people’s culture and society

Dear language teacher,
Enrich every class with an extra activity
About cultural aspects of a different community
Be careful! Select your items with sincerity
And mind those concealing duplicity
To avoid any backfire or tendency to animosity

Dear language teacher,
When it comes to techniques and methodology
Do some readings to broaden your creativity
Then adjust them to match learner specificity
Make use of twenty-first century technology
To manage motivating hands-on activity

© Chaouki M’kaddem


  1. Dear Chaouki,
    Your poem demonstrates the creativity
    Of webheads in perpetuity!

    Sorry I am not as good at this rhyming thing as you are.

    Have a safe trip here!

  2. Thank you so much Nina. I have to grab my bag now. See you there. Wish you a safe trip!