A different way to improve your English : Poetry Apps

Poetry is not a common way to teach and learn English in our country (Turkey). I try to use different kind of poetry activities with my students. When it is presented in an attractive way, I think everybody enjoys a good piece of  artwork and tries to write his or her own poem. After those poetry based lessons, I suggest my students some poetry web pages and apps. Here you can find a short list of them.

Enjoy .

poems-by-heart-emblemPoems By Heart uses brain-training techniques to make remembering poetry easy and fun—in a fast and responsive game. Each poem features two new and exclusive dramatic readings, and all-new original art. Improve your English by practicing with poem activities.


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With the Poetry Foundation’s universal  app, you can now take thousands of poems by classic and contemporary poets with you wherever you go.
* Search for old favorites with memorable lines.
* Give your device a shake to discover new poems to fit any mood.
* Save your favorite poems to read and share later—through Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail.


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ReadWriteThink’s  mobile apps for poetry can be used to write different kinds of poems such as acrostic, diamante, haiku and theme. They can be really helpful for children and beginner level adult students as they can create their poems very easily with the given words.  My favorite app is Word Mover.


downloadPoetry everywhere is a program run by Poetry foundation. It’s possible to download iPhone app or you can visit their website to read and listen to the poems of great poets.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/poetryeverywhere/


poetry creatorEver wonder what it would be like to mash-up a Shakespeare poem with a Hip Hop Song? Poetry Creator/Verses is a new iPhone and iPad app that puts a fresh spin on a cherished classic: refrigerator magnet poetry.


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The Quotes app has more than 5,000 carefully selected quotes and phrases to motive, inspire and wake up the poet inside you, making your day much more enjoyable. You will see the life with much more optimism and hope, sharing with the people around the harmony of someone that still believes that positive thinking can change the world.

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