PD Book – Creativity in English Language Teaching – edited by Daniel Xerri and Odette Vassallo 2018-05-09T06:36:20+00:00

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  • Tatiana
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    Hi everyone!

    This is our first month and to kick things off with this freebie that was shared through the British Council websiteThe ELT Council, Malta has published a free downloadable book, ‘Creativity in English Language Teaching’, edited by Daniel Xerri and Odette Vassallo.

    STEP 1: Let us know you’re going to participate in this discussion. Say hi to everyone and let us know your expectations of this book just by reading the description that was extracted from the website cited below.

    Description extracted from British Council

    This book presents the views of a group of teachers, trainers and researchers, all of whom share the belief that creativity needs to be an intrinsic aspect of English Language Teaching. The first group of papers by Alan Maley, Chaz Pugliese, Michela Formosa, Sarah Zammit and JJ Wilson underscore the vital importance of creativity’s place in the classroom, especially since it is a fundamental component of a broad range of human activities, foremost amongst which is language use.
    The papers by Antonia Clare, Maria Cutajar, Sarah Cutajar and Stephanie Xerri Agius discuss how a culture of creativity can be cultivated in the classroom through the amalgamation of creative and critical thinking, and the mind shift experienced by teachers when they position themselves as creative practitioners.
    Rebekka Mamo, Alan Marsh, Jean Sciberras, Candy Fresacher and Nicky Hockly illustrate how the use of literature, poetry, art, advertising and mobile devices respectively can act as a means of spurring learners’ creativity.
    The next group of papers by Michael McCarthy, Jeanne McCarten, Kevin Spiteri, William B. Laidlaw, Justyna Rogers and Patricia Vella Briffa explore different language systems and skills, reminding us that language use is perhaps one of the most common creative feats that learners engage in.
    The final set of papers by Jean Theuma, Larissa Attard and Steve Flinders examine two different language learning contexts, both of which require a high level of communicative ability on the part of learners. The value of creative practices in language learning and teaching is applicable to such contexts and many others.
    Now, let’s get started.

    STEP 2: Download ebook and take notes of the parts that most caught your attention. Let us know what you thought by answering the following questions.

    Before you read:

    1. What did you already know about this book’s subject before you read this book?
    2. What other books did this remind you of?

    After you read:

    1. Share a favorite quote from the book. Why did this quote stand out?
    2. What new things did you learn?
    3. Which paper did you find more interesting and relevant to your teaching environment?

     

    Tatiana
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    Post count: 11

    1. What did you already know about this book’s subject before you read this book?

    I’ve always considered that creativity is an essential part of teaching. It’s the source of trying to restlessly find alternative lesson plans, innovative teaching tools and different strategies and methods to engage students. Creativity needs to be cultivated, so teachers who participate in ongoing professional development and professional learning network can constantly gain insight as to how to become more creative as teachers.

    Tatiana
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    2. What other books did this remind you of?

    This topic actually reminds me of another British Council book that I read a while back, Creativity in the English language classroom, edited by Alan Maley and Nik Peachey, which has the same structure as this one and takes on creativity in teh English language classroom from a variety of standpoints.

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