ERIC Number: ED244520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Teaching Creative Thinking Skills to Foreign Adults to Facilitate Their Adaptation to the U.S.
Hagemann, Julie Ann
Creative thinking and problem-solving, skills related to people's flexibility, tolerance of ambiguity, curiosity, and risk-taking ability, are especially useful for foreign adults currently living in the United States. These skills are crucial in adapting to a new culture and in making decisions in a society based heavily on individual choice. The objectives of teachers of foreign students should be (1) to assure the students that their past experience is valid in a new culture, or (2) if it is not valid, to teach them to recombine it in new ways so it can become valid. Class exercises to develop creative thinking skills include: (1) warm-up exercises such as exercises in multiple uses of items, for which students are graded according to fluency, flexibility, and originality; (2) journal keeping, which is left uncorrected; (3) exercises in tranforming information, such as interpreting tables and graphs or diagramming prose writing; and problem-solving in groups, involving brainstorming, research, and decision-making. The orientation or English class is an appropriate environment for these exercises. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (18th, Houston, TX, March 6-11, 1984).