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Empowering student voice: spoken word poetry in English class

In summer, 2014, Priyanka Tandon, an English language teacher from New Delhi, India, participated in an American Embassy–funded teacher-development program which brought teachers from Pakistan and India to the United States for academic sessions, cultural excursions, and a homestay. The overarching goal of the program was to foster youth leadership, intercultural skills, and civic engagement among youth in the teachers’ communities. One strand of the program was to develop ways for English language learners to express themselves and find their voice as a step toward building leadership skills. Another was for students to learn more about themselves and their cultures as the foundation for learning about others and developing empathy and tolerance. Sacrificial Poets ( provided a Spoken Word workshop for participants on using poetry to “enhance emotional literacy, facilitate identity exploration, refine writing and analytical skills, develop performance and … Continue reading

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