Creativity in English Language Teaching

The ELT Council, Malta has published a free downloadable book, ‘Creativity in English Language Teaching’, edited by Daniel Xerri and Odette Vassallo.

This book presents the views of a group of teachers, trainers and researchers, all of whom share the belief that creativity needs to be an intrinsic aspect of English Language Teaching. The first group of papers by Alan Maley, Chaz Pugliese, Michela Formosa, Sarah Zammit and JJ Wilson underscore the vital importance of creativity’s place in the classroom, especially since it is a fundamental component of a broad range of human activities, foremost amongst which is language use. 
The papers by Antonia Clare, Maria Cutajar, Sarah Cutajar and Stephanie Xerri Agius discuss how a culture of creativity can be cultivated in the classroom through the amalgamation of creative and critical thinking, and the mind shift experienced by teachers when they position themselves as creative practitioners. 
Rebekka Mamo, Alan Marsh, Jean Sciberras, Candy Fresacher and Nicky Hockly illustrate how the use of literature, poetry, art, advertising and mobile devices respectively can act as a means of spurring learners’ creativity. 
The next group of papers by Michael McCarthy, Jeanne McCarten, Kevin Spiteri, William B. Laidlaw, Justyna Rogers and Patricia Vella Briffa explore different language systems and skills, reminding us that language use is perhaps one of the most common creative feats that learners engage in. 
The final set of papers by Jean Theuma, Larissa Attard and Steve Flinders examine two different language learning contexts, both of which require a high level of communicative ability on the part of learners. The value of creative practices in language learning and teaching is applicable to such contexts and many others.
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