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1st Edition

Teaching Creative Writing to Second Language Learners
A Guidebook

ISBN 9780367485665
Published December 21, 2021 by Routledge
294 Pages

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Book Description

This timely and accessible book offers engaging guidance to teachers of second language students on teaching creative writing in their classrooms. Creative writing is a tool that can inspire second language learners to write more, play with language, and enjoy and improve not only their writing, but also their speaking, listening, and reading skills. Addressing the expectations and perceptions of writing in another language, Thorpe demonstrates how to foster successful creative writing environments and teach and assess creative writing in a way that is tailored to the distinct needs of non-native speakers. Covering key topics such as cultural storytelling, voice, genre, and digital composition, assessment, and more, Thorpe shares successful creative writing instructional practices informed by current research in creative writing and second language education. Each chapter includes insights, advice, and student examples that can help new teachers take their first steps in more reflective second language creative writing classroom.

An invaluable resource for instructors of non-native students and an ideal text for pre-service teachers in courses in TESOL, writing instruction, and applied linguistics, this book invites you to use creative writing not only as a successful method for teaching L2 writing, but also as a way to improve student motivation and output, for more effective language learning.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Introduction to Creative Writing in ESL

Chapter 2. Expectations and Perceptions

Chapter 3. Research in Creative Writing

Chapter 4. The Workshop and Other Options

Chapter 5. Using Literature

Chapter 6. Intercultural Storytelling

Chapter 7. Brainstorming

Chapter 8. Characters

Chapter 9. Conflict

Chapter 10. Setting

Chapter 11. Dialogue

Chapter 12. Word Choice

Chapter 13. Endings

Chapter 14. Developing Voice

Chapter 15. Working with Genre

Chapter 16. Digital Composition

Chapter 17. Responding to Creative Writing

Chapter 18. Editing

Chapter 19. Grading Creative Writing

Chapter 20. Final Thoughts

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Ryan Thorpe is Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute, Shanghai, China.