The Jabberwock

After a little back and forth on the topic of tonight’s Language Corner, we settled on poetry and creative language. Both ideas were sourced from asking ESL learners what kind of content they would actually like to see.

At first glance, Jabberwock may not be the most intuitive piece of work to use in an ESL setting. The vast majority of the text is nonsensical gibberish. I think this poem could do well to help get students to think outside the box and attempt to express their thoughts in more creative ways.

The plan, for better or worse, is to read the poem with help from the group, and then work through it to try and find the meaning the author is trying to express. As the text is short and uses fairly standard sentence structure, it is my hope that students will be able to pick out the different parts of speech (verbs, adjectives, etc) and begin to form their own ideas as to what the hell is actually going on.

Afterwards, we will go through the attached vocabulary which will hopefully shed some light on the situation, as well as giving exposure to some interesting new vocabulary terms that students will actually be able to make good use of.

Here goes nothing…

Download: Jabberwock class handout
You can (and probably should) grab a free “ebook” copy of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass from Project Gutenberg.

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