Free webinar March 9 or 15, 2012.
This talk looks briefly at a definition of creativity, and considers why it is important in the language classroom, and why it tends to be neglected by teachers. It explores the natural creativity of the language learning process, and thus the importance of allowing language ‘play’ in the classroom. Drawing on a concept of scaffolded creativity, several activities are illustrated in which the goals of the language classroom are achieved through creative writing activities. Examples of student work are shared, and we discuss briefly the issues that emerge; such as assessment, and intercultural awareness.
We end with a summary of the ways in which creative writing can enhance the language learning experience, and the implications of this approach for the language teacher.