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Creativity in Language Teaching : Perspectives from Research and Practice (Paperback)
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Current, comprehensive, and authoritative, this text gives language teachers and researchers, both a set of conceptual tools with which to think and talk about creativity in language teaching and a wealth of practical advice about principles and practices that can be applied to making their lessons more creative. Providing an overview of the nature of creativity and its role in second language education, it brings together twenty prominent language teachers and researchers with expertise in different aspects of creativity and teaching contexts to present a range of theories on both creative processes and how these processes lead to creative practices in language teaching.
Unique in the field, the book takes a broader and more critical look at the notion of creativity in language learning, exploring its linguistic, cognitive, sociocultural and pedagogic dimensions. Structured in four sections— theoretical perspectives, creativity in the classroom, creativity in the curriculum, and creativity in teacher development—each chapter is supplemented by Questions for Discussion and Suggestions for Further Research. Its accessible style makes the book relevant as both a course text and a resource for practicing teachers.
Bringing together theory and practice, this volume provides a current, comprehensive, authoritative introduction to the nature of creativity, explores its contributions to effective second language teaching, and suggests how creative practice can be a focus of language teacher development. Contributors present different theories on both creative processes and how these processes lead to creative practices in language teaching. The role of creativity is discussed in relation to curriculum design, teacher thinking, school and classroom practices, task design, and teacher development. Its accessible style makes the book relevant for as a course text and as a resource for practicing teachers.