ESL education: theory and effective practice in the creative classroom

Publisher:
Common Ground Publishing
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
International Journal of Learning, 2006, 12 (4), pp. 1 - 10
Issue Date:
2006-01
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paper focuses on ESL education and the learning/teaching process. It discusses developing skills and understandings which encourage students to become creative and confident communicators. Multifaceted learning experiences allow primary and secondary school students to use their imagination within the confines of syllabus requirements. While practical classroom activities are suggested for the different modes of reading, listening, speaking, viewing and representing, the main focus is on writing tasks. The strategies take into account the expansion of computer use in learning and teaching. The challenge is to use information and communication technologies as liberating, productive and creative resources to help students learn the English language. Ways to use the Internet in the 'writing' classroom include creating a classroom story, epals, web quests, role-plays, debates and games. The role of games is emphasised in promoting successful language learning. The various practices are based on current theories about the nature of language and language learning/teaching (Ur 1996; Harmer 2001; Nunan 2004).
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