• Khalid Hussain
  • Dr.Ismail Saad
  • Dr. Martin Thomas


Teacher’s Role, English Poetry, Appreciation Skills, Subject Knowledge


Teaching poetry is a fascinating, imaginative and heart touching experience. When taught like prose, it loses its charm and luster. English poetry is taught in our schools and colleges from class three up to intermediate level. It is a compulsory component of the course at the college level. The sequentially-exploratory mixed-method was used by the researcher to investigate the teachers’ part in developing English poetry appreciation skills in public and private intermediate colleges of Sindh province of Pakistan. The sample size of the study was 331 teachers and 563 students from 165, public and private intermediate colleges through a stratified random sampling technique. Two questionnaires SPTRDEPASIC for students’ and TSKEPIC for teachers and semi-structured interviews, with thematic analysis were used. Students shared that their teachers did not use motivational techniques, effective reinforcement strategies, and innovative assessment tools in teaching English poetry. One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed significant differences in qualifications and levels of experiences of teachers. However, a considerable difference was also found in teachers’ sensitivity to cope effectively with poetry teaching based on their academic backgrounds and subject knowledge. The qualitative findings highlighted three major themes i.e. Facebook and WhatsApp’s communication rather than teachers’ instructions with help of textbooks to develop a taste for poetry, Poetry is taught like a text in the classroom and it is entirely exam-oriented. There is a wide difference in the way poetry is taught in different academic streams of public and private intermediate colleges of Sindh.

Author Biographies

Khalid Hussain

Khadim Hussain dahri is a PhD scholar at Iqra University and lecturer of English at Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Lyari, Karachi. He works in different capacities at BBSUL and has published nine research publications in National & International research journals. He has presented many research papers in International & National conferences. He has also served as visiting faculty at various well-known universities of Karachi. He can be contacted via email at khadimhussain88@gmail.com

Dr.Ismail Saad

Dr. Ismail Saad is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Iqra University, Gulshan Campus, Karachi. He can be contacted via email at drismailsaad@yahoo.com

Dr. Martin Thomas

Dr. Martin Thomas is the Head of the Education & Social Sciences Department at Iqra University, Gulshan Campus, Karachi. Dr. Martin can be contacted via email at martin.thomas@iuk.edu.pk


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