June 9, 1997
This week, we are presenting poems written by eight learners at Parkland Regional College, in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Parkland Regional College was able to offer LINC (Language Instruction for New Canadians) classes for the first time last year. They started with ten students and at the end of the session they had twenty-one students registered. The session ran from October 1, 1996 to March 31, 1997. They had students from Hong Kong, Serbia, Bosnia, Ukraine, Poland, Russia, Netherland, Croatia, etc. It was an interesting mix of students with international backgrounds, which is not uncommon to an ESL class, but this group of students with their ages varying from seventeen to fifty and with such interesting personalities made a wonderful blend. Their English level varied from basic to intermediate. All through the year they had lots of fun while learning English.
The "Cinquains" were written as a class project. The students wrote one five-line poem together in class and they wrote the other poems individually as homework assignment. The poems written by them were so refreshing, sentimental and moving, that the Literacy Department at Parkland decided to share the poems with everyone.
We hope you will enjoy reading them as much as the class enjoyed writing the "cinquains." Please feel free to e.mail your comments, to : email@example.com We will be happy to hear from you.
Cinquains are a way of bringing poetry into literacy classes. Using this formal structure students can write expressive poems on familiar topics.
1. Spring time
Growing, blooming, singing
Getting ready for the garden
Loving, caring, sharing
Helping each other with housework
by Eugenia Berezniak.
Eugenia came to Canada with her husband and son six years ago from Ukraine. She lives in Kamsack, Saskatchewan.
Home far away
Missing beautiful face
Silver hair, big eyes, old soft hands
by Ksenija Ivan
Ksenija and her husband with their two sons came to Canada four years ago from Yugoslavia. She lives in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
Cold, snow, frost, rain
Winter Jacket, scarf, mitts
Christmas tree shining crystal white
by Margreeth ten Have
Margreeth is an exchange student in Yorkton from the Netherlands. She is attending Yorkton Regional High School.
Innocent, carefree, frank
Easy to be very happy
by Josephine Yeung
Josephine came to Canada eight years ago from Hong Kong with her husband and son. They will be moving to Ontario soon.
1. Spring time
Sunny, warm, birth
People playing outside
Flowers growing in the gardens
by Franica Pecanac
Franica Pecanec came to Canada last year from Yugoslavia (Bosnia) with her husband and son. She lives in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
1. Spring time
Children playing outside
Having fun and making puddles
by Helen Mark and Josephine Yeung
Helen and Josephine came from Hong Kong and they live in Yorkton. They wrote the poem together in class.
Playful hot days
Swimming, running, biking
Sun tanning on a clear warm day
Tulips smell nice
Tulips in vase looking pretty
Zvonimir Ivan came to Canada four years ago with his family. He lives in Yorkton with his wife and two sons.
Strict, skilled, noble
Teaching, praising, scolding
Volunteer who teaches me
Eager to learn, read and write
Can discuss, think, spell, debate
Young, wise, nice, neat
Learns, writes, plays, talks, looks, smiles
Tall gentle Dutch girl like spring bloom
by Lana Petriw
Lana came from Ukraine four years ago. She lives in Canora with her husband Bill.
[Reference : Literacy Across the Curriculum Winter 1996 - Vol. 11 No.4]