"Spanish Through Poetry" Workbook
Learn Spanish through poetry.
The use of poetry to learn a foreign language has been backed up by many studies over the years. The reasons provide include:
✓ Development of complex structures and vocabulary
✓ Understanding meaning and uses of word combinations, alteration of regular structures…
✓ Deeper understanding and cultural awareness.
✓ Deepening the ways of self-expression and self-realisation.
Understanding a language pass inevitably through understanding the culture, the arts. As Abby Willowroot states: “Art speak the soul of its culture”.
Over the last year, I have implemented the use of poetry and creative writing to learn Spanish and interiorise its structures. That’s is why this volume came to life. These poems belong to the first edition of “Spanish Through Poetry” course.
In this bilingual book you will find:
- Nine poems from the best Spanish poets from different eras with its transcription and a bilingual description of the author.
- Five language points that appear in every poem.
The grammar points are comprehensible for beginner and intermediate level learners, so you can learn new grammatical structures while enjoying reading the poem. If you are a teacher of Spanish, you can use this part to delve in a grammar explanation of this point within the context of the poem.
- Four literary devices.
The literary devices do not only belong to poetry, but also to spoken Spanish. Devices such as personification or exaggeration, are common use in conversational Spanish. Understanding the meaning and how to create your own expressions is key to speak Spanish in a way that feels unique to you, and not a memorised of list of expressions that you use like a parrot.
- Short lists of vocabulary from every poem, that can be absorbed and interiorised during the exploration of the poem.
- Eight prompts of creative writing that will inspire you to put the vocabulary, grammar structures and literary devices in practise.
If you’re learning Spanish and enjoy reading, this is the book you need to rekindle your passion for the language and take your Spanish to the next level!