Understanding and Teaching Slam Poetry: An Empirical Research of University Students


This paper focuses on the definition of slam poetry and its possible uses in the classroom. Based on two Hungarian slam poetry performances, qualitative empirical research has been conducted on Hungarian university students. During a slam poetry performance, the slammer creates a rhetorical situation, in which a new genre organises the experiences of the audience (cf. Sólyom, 2022, Sólyom & Pap, 2021). Slam poetry can, therefore, be regarded as a proactive genre (Simon, 2016, p. 96), and a hybrid medium (Mészáros, 2020, p. 77). The present study’s two key questions are 1) how does slam poetry differ from canonical literary genres? And 2) how can it be employed in the classroom? The first survey was conducted in Autumn 2022, and the second in Spring 2023. The respondents of the surveys belong to two groups of students: 1) those majoring in Hungarian; 2) those with different language majors, and Hungarian as a foreign language minor. After having watched the performances, the respondents worked in small groups, and based on concise instructions, with the help of clustering techniques, they collected the most prevalent features of slam poetry concerning the questions of genre, and the possible use of slam poetry texts in the educational process. Based on the two surveys, a comparative analysis is possible: similarities and differences can be highlighted between the answers of the two groups regarding their attitudes and understanding processes towards slam poetry.

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Réka Sólyom, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Hungary
Andrea Pap, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

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Conference: PCE2023
Stream: Higher education

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To cite this article:
Sólyom R., & Pap A. (2023) Understanding and Teaching Slam Poetry: An Empirical Research of University Students ISSN: 2758-0962 The Paris Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2758-0962.2023.20
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2758-0962.2023.20

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