Sendai JALT:

Helping Students to Write Creatively

Date: Sunday, November 28th, 2010 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Alan Maley

The poetic function is central to language, at all levels, from young learners to young adults. Poems carry within them the beat and rhythm of the language, they provoke a response (physical, visual, cognitive, affective, associative, etc.), they prompt connections with personal experience, they open the way for learning through vicarious experience, they foster language play, they offer non-tedious repetition, and they encourage learners to take risks with the language. But literature can be written as well as read.

In this workshop, therefore, we will explore a number of simple techniques for generating original and interesting texts. These will mainly be poems, with a few techniques for creating stories for good measure. We will conclude by looking at the very positive advantages creative writing has to offer, both to students and to teachers.

Speaker bio: Alan Maley worked for the British Council from 1962-88 in Yugoslavia, Ghana, Italy, France, China and India. He was Director-General of the Bell Educational Trust in Cambridge from 1988-93 and then worked as Senior Fellow at NUS, Singapore until 1998. From 1999-2003, he set up and ran the graduate program in ELT at Assumption University, Bangkok. Currently Visiting Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, Alan is also a freelance writer and consultant, having published more than 40 books and numerous articles.

Organization: Sendai Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Sendai JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen

Venue: Sensai Fukkou Kinen-kan (War Memorial Hall), Meeting Room 1, 4F.

Location: Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan


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