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How To Raise a Feminist Son

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Reading this book by Sonora Jha has been so very helpful in making me reflect on my thoughts and feeling that were until now so very reticent. It has also profoundly made me think deeply about so many normative aspects of our society, many that which we should question.  When I look back, I know I grew up without much-guided values regarding feminism and I think with a lot of toxic masculinity. There are many things I regret doing as a boy and most of them qualify as sexual assaults by me on my female playmates. I look back and feel ashamed of the things that I did.  I also think about the conversations I have had with my sons and have come to reflect that I could have been a better father, a better adult. There are many small things I overlooked, such as when I said, "Are you a girl?" when my son cried because he was afraid of needles in the hospital. But now I can say, "Boys and men also cry". I can become a better father, thank you, Sonora Jha! Reading the book h

Teaching Poetry an ESL Teaching Technique

Introduction According to Sidhu, Fook and Kaur (2010), literature-enriched curricula facilitate learning of target languages through avenues of life experiences and composition in an ESL (English as a Second Language) classroom. Furthermore, he asserts that these curricula have the capacity to improve reading and writing skills where development of grammar and vocabulary can be internalised by learners. Poetry is often viewed as a predominant genre of literature, where learners can explore the potential of poetry instruction as a technique in an ESL classroom. This is a valid assertion, which has recently gained significant attention in relation to ESL classrooms (Hess, 2003). Therefore, this essay will detail poetry as an ESL learning technique and justify its validity as an effective ESL teaching tool. In addition, this essay will outline methods and techniques that teachers can apply to help their students understand and appreciate poetry. Furthermore, the essay will detail ho