ERIC Number: ED216536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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Creative Play in Language Learning.
Creativity is the formulation and expression of an idea which is novel and useful to the creator. It is inherent in the foreign language classroom. Interpretation of experience, or creative play, is a normal part of first language use; with guidance it can be part of the second language learning experience. The effective teacher will consciously nurture creativity in students by providing activities and an environment that will encourage students to analyze, synthesize, and reflect on the content they are acquiring. Because the creative act involves the ability to disrupt rigid patterns of mental organization, to imagine new horizons, and to engage in physical, emotional, and mental reformulations and transformations, the process can be applied to the second language classroom. Students in such a program would use the language communicatively; they would learn something about themselves and about language. In the long run, they would direct their attention to humanistic goals, namely, the promise of possibilities in diversity and the limitations of surrender to conformity. Twenty-five creative language activities are suggested for class or individual activity. (AMH)
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Creativity, Discovery Processes, Experiential Learning, Humanistic Education, Instructional Innovation, Learning Activities, Play, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education
Not available separately; see FL 012 917.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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