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
Start date
24 April 2022
6 weeks
Weekly effort
1.5 hour seminar per week for 6 weeks, 1 hour recorded mini-lectures per week, 0.5 hours academic reading/reflective activities, assessment
Academic Lead
Professor Tanya Dalziell
$440 inc. GST
Critical information summary
ENGLM501 - Critical information summary [PDF, 246KB]
female student

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

How does it work?

  • Assessment comprises of weekly portfolio assignments and one final assignment


Applications are open.

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