1st Edition

Unpacking Creativity for Language Teaching

By Tan Bee Tin Copyright 2022
    292 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    292 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Before unlocking creativity, we must first unpack what it means. In this book, creativity is unravelled from various perspectives and the relevance for language teaching and learning is explored.

    Tin offers a coherent discussion of creativity, adopting an inclusive and integrated but, at the same time, focused approach to creativity. Divided into 12 chapters, the book covers:

    • A critical review of the way the term ‘creativity’ is used, defined and written about in various disciplines
    • Various models and theories of creativity, the product- and process-oriented views of creativity and their relevance for language teaching
    • Three pillars on which creative language pedagogy should be based
    • Over 60 practical tasks, applying theoretical arguments and principles of creativity to language teaching and learning

    Based on the author’s own practice and research on creativity over the last two decades, the book provides exciting new ideas for scholars and practitioners interested in creativity and creative language pedagogy. The book serves as an important contribution for students, teachers and scholars in the field of applied linguistics, language teaching and education.

    1. Introduction: Unpacking creativity and aims of the book 2. The language of creativity: Exploring the terminological landscape of creativity 3. Creativity as an inclusive term: Locating its common core 4. Heuristics and creativity 5. Constraints and creativity 6. Algorithms and creativity 7. The discourse of creativity in language teaching publications (2012-2018) 8. Segmentation of creativity from a linguistic perspective (From language of creativity to creativity of language) 9. View of language and creative language pedagogy 10. View of language learning and creative language pedagogy 11. View of language teaching and creative language pedagogy 12. Conclusion: Unpacking creativity for language teaching and learning Epilogue. My creativity journey: My journey to the West - to creativity


    Tan Bee Tin is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

    "Unpacking Creativity for Language Teaching delivers exactly what the title suggests, presenting a fascinating multidimensional and multidisciplinary perspective on creativity in which different theories and approaches to creativity are unpacked and applied to the practical issues involved in developing a creative pedagogy for both language teaching and language teacher education."

    - Jack C. Richards, University of Sydney

    "Although central to many disciplines, the term "creativity" is used in various, sometimes confusing ways. Tan Bee Tin's lucid, scholarly approach surveys the field, clarifies the issues, and contributes exciting new ideas of her own. This book is a major contribution to the understanding of creativity in language use and language teaching."

    - Guy Cook, King’s College London

    "Creativity in language teaching is an ill-defined and misunderstood word. This book establishes a better understanding of creativity through an examination of creativity in different disciplines in general and in language teaching in particular to define three pillars on which creative language teaching can be based. It will be a very valuable resource for researchers, materials writers and language teachers."

    - Jill Hadfield, Freelance Author; formerly Associate Professor in Language Teacher Education at Unitec New Zealand