Teaching Poetry: From Anon to AI

This micro-credential provides interactive instruction and collaborative opportunities to explore the role of poetry in English education. Track the notion of the lyric I through time, beginning with anonymous poetry, through Romanticism, the rise of identity politics and finally to the frontier of AI. The content will be complemented by considerations of the history of poetry in the classroom, as well as detailed discussions from poets of creative practice that teachers might find useful for designing programs and lessons. Some of those featured are Jeanine Leane, Samuel Wagan Watson, Tracy Ryan, Jill Jones, David McCooey and John Kinsella.

The unit will be mapped against AITSL standards and has been designed by poet and educator Lucy Dougan and teacher/researcher Claire Jones, with the assistance of the ETAWA and the UWA English and Literary Studies group.

Upon successful completion, you'll receive:

  • Two PD Points - stackable for unspecified academic credit in award courses
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
Delivery mode
In this delivery of the unit we will meet for a 2-hour online tutorial each week for six weeks. This weekly delivery allows you to meet and collaborate with other students, establish networks and engage thoughtfully with the week’s topic. All lectures and readings will be available before the beginning of the scheduled week allowing for your busy school schedule.
Course dates
To be announced

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6 weeks
Total effort - 50 hours
  • Seminar - 2 hours per week x 6 weeks
  • Recorded mini-lecture per seminar - 1 hour
  • Reading/Reflective activities - 1 hour
  • Assessment
How does it work
Assessment comprises of portfolio tasks and one final assignment
Academic Lead
Professor Tanya Dalziell
$440 inc. GST
10% discount for WA Teacher's Associate members (ETAWA)
Critical information summary
ENGLM501 - Critical information summary [PDF, 246KB]
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What you'll learn

How to interpret texts produced in varied cultural and historical contexts with sensitivity to the generic dimensions, intertextual significance, and formal qualities of those texts

Evaluate and make use of critical scholarship in the discipline of English Literary Studies

Clearly express ideas, examples and arguments in appropriate written and oral forms

Evaluate established and new theories of learning and model best practice as a way to improve own performance

Notebook and a workspace 

Why study this course?

  • This micro-credential reinforces teacher knowledge of literary concepts, disciplinary history and English pedagogy

  • The micro-credential is supported by the English Teachers Association of Western Australia and is informed by research from The Big Picture Project, a joint UWA/ETAWA project

Who should study this course?

  • Secondary teachers looking to upskill their knowledge and experience of teaching poetry in the classroom
  • Secondary teachers who would like to reengage with academic discussions of poetry
  • Anyone who would enjoy some interesting conversations about poetry

Recommended prior study

  • Recognised teaching degree

What's next after this course?

A number of other UWA Plus micro-credentials are available in this series for English teachers - including two others also available during the Summer Intensive 16-21 January 2023 - ENGLM504 Teaching Historical Fiction and ENGLM506 Unpacking Texts and Producing Resources in the English Classroom.

Micro-credentials for English Teachers offered at other times include ENGLM502 Professional Reading for English Teachers and ENGLM503 Programming and Planning for Subject English. See the UWA Plus page for more details.