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Discuss the unique advantages of using poetry in the EFL classroom.

The unique advantage of using poetry in the EFL classroom is the opportunity it presents students to cement their knowledge of syntax and practice pronunciation rhythm.

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Poetry can be challenging to non-native speakers of English, but in the English as a foreign language (EFL) classroom, it can offer some benefits unavailable in other kinds of writing. The greatest benefit is that it can help students explore figurative uses of language. This is something the instructor may not want to get into in classes below the advanced level, but once students have a solid grasp of grammar and syntax, poetry can show students new ways of using English.

One poem that can reinforce students' knowledge of syntax is "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll. The poem famously uses made-up words, but the syntax is regular. Take the first two lines:

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe ...
In the phrase "slithy toves," what parts of speech are the words, and how do you...

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