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Creativity in Language Teaching and Learning Abstract
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This colloquium presents researchers and practitioners with a range of perspectives on creativity in TESOL, including the teacher’s perspective, the learner’s perspective, and the researcher's perspective. Papers on this panel will explore a range of issues, including the multiple meanings of creativity, how creativity underpins a range of situated practices and can manifest itself within different pedagogic traditions; how creativity can be integrated into the curriculum, how it can be informed by and help sustain cultural perspectives and community values, how creative interventions such as drama can be used to explore the way language learning and multilingualism are experienced by people in different contexts, and how learners’ plurilingual practices and everyday media literacies can inform our understanding of language learning and our approaches to language teaching. The papers represent research carried out in a variety of contexts, from classrooms to community organizations, and focuses on a number of key issues central to current debates on language learning, including learner agency and identity, multilingualism and translanguaging, and the relationship between research and practice. Together, these papers seek to show how a focus on creativity can enliven and transform every aspect of our field and raise important theoretical and practical questions about language teaching and learning.
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