Making your toenails twinkle: creativity in the language classroom A personal view of creativity in the English language classroom
Alan Marsh Acknowledgements:
Jill and Charles Hadfields Creative Practice MET January 2012 What are the missing words?
When I .. old, I . . purple. What are the missing words?
When I am old, I will wear purple. Whats the rule?
When Im old, I will wear purple When were talking about the future, after adverbs like when, we use a .. tense
Whats the rule? When Im old, I will wear purple When were talking about the future, after adverbs like when, we use a present tense
satin sandals pavement gobble up railings
the sobriety of my youth slippers spit swear
Whats the title? When I am an old woman I will wear purple ..
Whats the title? When I am an old woman I will wear purple With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I will spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter. I will sit down on the pavement when I'm tired And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings And make up for the sobriety of my youth. I will go out in my slippers in the rain And pick flowers in other people's gardens And learn to spit.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry And pay our rent and not swear in the street And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers. But maybe I ought to practice a little now? So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
Jenny Joseph Warning Ill definitely
Ill probably I might Ill
Ill definitely I definitely wont Ill probably I probably wont I might I might not
Ill I wont Whats the rule (2)? Ill definitely go I definitely wont go
Ill probably stay I probably wont stay Where do definitely, possibly (adverbs) go with verbs like will (modal auxiliaries)?
Learner poems: When Im old When Im old I wont be quiet and Ill bother my neighbours. I might have a toy boy.
A word my learners wanted to know! Sugar Daddy
When Im old When we are old we shall definitely do many crazy and dangerous things.
We will wear full make-up from morning and we will spend our money for a face lift When Im old
When Im old Ill be an honarable person. Ill live in America and Ill speak the good English.
Ill teach my children to honar their old country and their new country. Going to the bank
Im forever blowing bubbles My first bank account
in Burnley. Lancashire, England West Ham United
Im forever blowing bubbles Going to the bank
Dont worry Its his synapses firing
Er ..not sinuses.synapses! Neurons Synapses
Teaching the syllabus: Learning in lockstep
Learners interlanguages Making space for personal syllabi
Switching on the light(s) Some conditions for creativity in
the language classroom: S L P Scaffolding: e.g. breaking up a task to make it achievable
Linking explicitly to language items
Link the creativity to explicit learning points You and your learners will explicitly focus on a specific language point or skill Implicitly, lots of other connections will be made
Probably different connections for different learners
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