1st Edition

International Perspectives on Creative Writing in Second Language Education Supporting Language Learners’ Proficiency, Identity, and Creative Expression

Edited By Bee Chamcharatsri, Atsushi Iida Copyright 2022
    212 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    212 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume explores the instructional use of creative writing in secondary and post-secondary contexts to enhance students’ language proficiency and expression in English as a second or foreign language (ESL/EFL).

    Offering a diverse range of perspectives from scholars and practitioners involved in English language teaching (ELT) globally, International Perspectives on Creative Writing in Second Language Education tackles foundational questions around why fiction and creative writing have been traditionally omitted from ESL and EFL curricula. By drawing on empirical research and first-hand experience, contributors showcase a range of creative genres including autobiography, scriptwriting, poetry, and e-Portfolios, and provide new insight into the benefits of second language creative writing for learners’ language proficiency, emotional expression, and identity development. The volume makes a unique contribution to the field of second language writing by highlighting the breadth of second language users throughout the world, and foregrounding links between identity, learning, and ESL/EFL writing.

    This insightful volume will be of particular interest to postgraduate students, researchers, and academics in the fields of ESL/EFL learning, composition studies, and second language acquisition (SLA). Those with a focus on the use of creative writing in classrooms more broadly, will also find the book of interest.

    Introduction: Issues and Perspectives in Second Language Creative Writing - Bee Chamcharatsri and Atsushi Iida

    Part I: Understanding the Current Place and Potential of Creative Writing in English language Instruction

    1. The Shifting Significance of Creative Writing in Composition Pedagogy - Suresh Canagarajah

    2. Expressing emotions through creative writing: A translanguaging approach - Bee Chamcharatsri

    3. Emancipatory Assignments for English Language Learning: Toward Deficiency-Free Writing - Christine Bailey and Patrick Bizzaro

    4. Reconceptualization of English Creative Writing Instruction in Thai Higher Education - Adcharawan Buripakdi and Napapat Thongwichit

    Part II: Practicing Creative Writing in English Language Education

    5. Fiction Writing and Second-Language Identity - Justin Nicholes

    6. English screenwriting as an alternative medium for language learning in a Chinese university EFL classroom: A creative stylistics approach - Yan Zhao

    7. Teaching poetic autoethnography to L2 STEM students in Taiwan - Fang-Yu Liao

    8. Teaching and assessing second language poetry writing in Japan: Exploring challenges and issues through a lens of autoethnography as critical self-reflection - Atsushi Iida

    9. Assessing creative writing formatively and summatively with e-Portfolios: A case study in Hong Kong - Ricky Lam

    Conclusion: Implications and Future Directions for Second Language Education - Atsushi Iida and Bee Chamcharatsri


    Bee Chamcharatsri is Associate Professor of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies and English Language and Literature at University of New Mexico, USA.

    Atsushi Iida is Associate Professor of English at Gunma University, Japan.