Obituary Writing

Obituary Writing

Obituary writing, a very particular form of creative writing, whilst based on facts, is as far from a straightforward biography, even a potted one, as Perrier is from Dom Pérignon. There is no pretence of comprehensiveness. Rather, facts and dates, rumours and stories are cunningly chosen and woven together to create a portrait of the…

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Creative Students, Creative Blogging

Creative Students, Creative Blogging

Exciting, creative times. The on-line, distance second semester course for second-year LANSAD  undergraduates at Paul Valéry University in Montpellier, has just opened in the last couple of weeks (for more information concerning the course see previous post Autonomy, Creativity and Blogging) and I’d like to share with you how it’s been going. T After having a…

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Creative Feedback

Creative Feedback

Time-consuming? Mind-numbing? Soul-destroying? Having spent too many hours marking this last holiday I’ve been thinking hard about the sort of feedback teachers give or enable and how useful it may or may not be.  Whilst it is now widely agreed that feedback is crucial in second-language learning, there is less agreement concerning what sort of…

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Creativity in the Classroom

Creativity in the Classroom

The Chaptal lecture hall, Montpellier. I recently had the pleasure of giving a lecture, to a group of novice (MEEF2) foreign language teachers in which we thought about what creativity means in the classroom. The lecture was very largely inspired by “Creativity and English Language Teaching: From Inspiration to Implementation” (Maley and Kiss, 2018) which…

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Sounding Board continued: Do the Stanky Leg!

Sounding Board continued: Do the Stanky Leg!

Sounding Board continued: Do the stanky Leg! Continuing on from the last post, I’ve found a few more on-line musical resources that I’d like to share with you. In Creativity and English Language Teaching: from Inspiration to Implementation (2018) Alan Maley and Tamas Kiss  discuss what makes a creative teacher and how to achieve a…

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