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.
" One of the standout features of this book is the Questions for Discussion and Suggestions for Further Research sections at the end of each chapter. The vast majority of the questions are relevant, thought provoking, and immediately useful in theoretical and practical realms. […] This book is definitely one for the teacher’s bookshelf." - Daniel Tang, JALT
1. Creativity and Language Teaching
Rodney H. Jones and Jack C. Richards
Section One: Theoretical Perspectives
2. Language and Creativity
Rodney H. Jones
3. Creativity and Language Learning
4. Conceptualizing Creativity and Culture in Language Teaching
5. The Vexed Nature of Language Teaching and Learning
James Paul Gee
6. Translating Writing Worlds: Writing as a Poet, Writing as an Academic
Jane Spiro and Sue Dymoke
Section Two: Creativity in the Classroom
7. Exploring Creativity in Language Teaching
Jack C. Richards and Sara Cotterall
8. Creativity in Language Teaching: Voices from the Classroom
Simon Coffey and Constant Leung
9. Creativity through Inquiry Dialogue
10. Critical Creativity and Multilingual Texts
Section Three: Creativity in the Curriculum
11. Creativity in the Curriculum
12. Creativity and Technology in Second Language Learning and Teaching
13. Creativity in Language Teaching in the Disciplines
Christiph A. Hafner
Section Four: Creativity in Teacher Development
14. Conversations about Creativity: Connecting the New to the Known through Images, Objects and Games
Kathleen M. Bailey and Anita Krishnan
15. Creativity as Resistance: Implications for Language Teaching and Teacher Education
Susan Ollerhead and Anne Burns
16. Cultivating Creative Teaching via Narrative Inquiry
List of Contributors
This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.
Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.
The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.
Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.