Creativity in teaching and learning: what, why, how?

In this seminar, Alan Maley, Marisa Constantinides, Phuong Lee, Nik Peachey and Malu Sciamarelli discuss activities and ideas for introducing creativity into the classroom. The event took place in London in June 2015 and celebrated the launch of a new British Council publication, 'Creativity in the English language classroom'.

Creativity extends right across all age-ranges, all levels of competence, all teaching contexts and all geographical regions. And it applies equally to teachers as well as learners. Creativity is a universal, though its manifestations may be specific and local.’ – Alan Maley

Do teachers need to be creative? What stops us from being creative? How can we and our students become more creative?

Watch this highly practical, interactive seminar to discover small changes that can make a big difference to creativity in the classroom. Two speaker sessions provide interesting activities and real-life examples to inspire creative teaching and learning. This is followed by a panel Q and A session with Alan Maley, Marisa Constantinides, Phuong Lee, Nik Peachey and Malu Sciamarelli.


Video 1 - Introduction from Alan Maley

Video 2 - Using technology

Video 3 - Using word games and playfulness

Video 4 - Teaching young learners through projects: using mascots to inspire

Video 5 - Using mascots outside the class

Video 6 - Using mascots inside the class

Presenters answering audience questions

Question 1: How can creativity enhance language learning for students of English for Specific Purposes?

Question 2: Do lessons taught outside the classroom environment help creativity?

Question 3: How can you help students who are nervous or reluctant about being creative?

Question 4: How can you balance error correction with encouraging students to be creative?

Follow up activities

Download the publication for free: Creativity in the English language classroom

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