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ESOL – Literacy – Numeracy

World Book Day

World Book Day this year is on 7th March. As you can probably guess, it is all about encouraging people to read and enjoy reading. Students at primary and secondary schools in the UK are given a £1 voucher which can be exchanged for a book from a selection that has been specially written for the event.

Unfortunately, the voucher scheme does not extend to adult ESOL learners, but here are a few poems I found that I think are particularly enjoyable and relevant.

The first is called ‘dyslexia‘, which I chanced upon while online over the weekend. It is written by ‘AO’, a Year 6 pupil and was uploaded onto Twitter by their teacher, Jane Broadis:

This led me to search for other poems that could be read from the ‘bottom-up’ and this led me to one called ‘Refugees‘ by Brian Bilston:


They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
Welcome here
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
They cannot
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way

(now read from bottom to top)

Finally, I found ‘Pretty Ugly‘ by Abdullah Shoaib. After some searching, it seems that it originates from a student at Romeoville High School in the US and the poem was published in the school’s literary magazine, the Messenger:


spicytoothadmin • March 5, 2019

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