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September Round-up

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There have been a whole heap of fabulous posts, articles and lesson plans about creative writing around the web this month, which makes me feel slightly better about the fact this blog continues to be a little neglected…

Firstly, Jeremy Harmer has written about a great lesson idea based around the idea of being a ghostwriter over on his blogs. I love writing activities like this that require students to really push the limits of their language and relies on a degree of communication and collaboration.

Adam Simpson shared five nice writing warm-up ideas, and also included ideas on how you could follow them up.

As a cat lover, I enjoyed Mona Kisala’s lesson idea based around a very cute cat picture story, which has possibilities for either writing or a role-play, would be great for young learners.

Another high quality lesson plan over on Film English this month, which involves reading and writing a poem, and some lovely work on text speak that I can see teenagers really appreciating.

I also came across this interesting website which focuses on the idea of online reading groups to encourage ELT teachers and TESOL students to read literature in English, and also to discuss what they are reading. It is particularly focused on people that might not have good access to texts in English. There is even the opportunity to publish your own writing on the site.

Nicola Prentis was contemplating the wider question of how we teach (or regain?) creativity in the class this month in a post which also attracted some insightful comments.

Finally, not specifically about ELT, but with some useful tips for anyone teaching creative writing, was this article on the Guardian’s teaching pages.

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Summer Round-up

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At the end of my last round-up I promised that the summer round-up would be a bumper edition to make up from my absence from blogging over the summer months (summer in the northern hemisphere at least). I am sorry to say that due to travelling, teaching and writing I’ve barely had time to read any blogs. With many of many favourite bloggers also being on a summer hiatus, this post will be short and sweet…

Firstly, Sirja shared her thoughts on the importance of reading, and using reading projects with mixed-level classes. Some great ideas for making reading a pleasure for our students.

On the topic of reading, if you are interested in using ‘choose your own adventure’ style books with your students (and I think it is a great idea!) then take a look at this blog post and the new kickstarter project launched by Marco Benevides.

Ceri Jones wrote about her session from the Image Conference on using images as a starting point for exploring storytelling and looking at the gaps in the narratives that pictures present.

Eva Buyuksimkesyan shared a lesson plan on using guided storytelling in class, a great way of encouraging students to be creative without throwing them in too much at the deep end!

On the theme of guided stories, John Hughes wrote about Pixar’s formula for telling a story which can easily be used as a class storytelling project too.

 

As always, if there is anything I’ve missed please add a comment. And after a stint back in the classroom after a couple of years away I also have lots more ideas for creative writing in class that I hope to have time to share with you soon. Good luck if you are back to school this week and I hope the sun is shining wherever you are!

 

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