28th IATEFL POLAND Conference
Gdańsk, 20-22 September 2019

PreConference EVENT 15th September

by Anna Gałucka
Categories: Conference 26th.

9.00 – 12.30 Friday 15th September
Presenter: Prof. Alicja Gałązka

Psychology of creativity in the ELT classroom

There’s a wealth of talent that lies in all of us. All of us, including those who work in
schools, must nurture creativity systematically and not kill it unwittingly. Ken Robinson

Creativity is one of the most exciting concepts in  ELT. The attainment of creativity in the classroom is most probably dependent on teachers’ own creative practices. However, these practices need not always be thought of as generating novelty out of nothing. ome teachers’ misconceptions about what constitutes creativity impede them from positioning themselves as creative practitioners (Xerri, 2013). The myth that creativity is only about creating works of art or enabling learners to be artistic is detrimental to teachers’ efforts to be creative. As language speakers we are all creative individuals. It takes a lot of creativity for a child to acquire a language and for a learner to use the language they are taught. However, as language teachers we can be even more creative when we think of new possibilities for language teaching and learning. Being creative is not exclusive to using arts and crafts, poetry or film in language lessons. While lessons incorporating activities based on those media and genres have the potential to act as creative impulses for learners when the latter demonstrate an “ability to read with imagination, make connections”, create “metaphors and similes by way of explaining and interpreting” such texts (Vassallo, 2016, p. 95), the essence of creativity for teachers goes beyond classroom activities. Being creative means daring to do things differently, thus expanding the boundaries of what we know about teaching and learning in order to discover new worlds within the confines of our classrooms. In fact, Csikszentmihalyi (1996) defines the creative individual as “someone whose thoughts or actions change a domain, or establish a new domain” In a very practical workshop participants will be able to engage in a training of creative , divergent  thinking , dicover their creative potential and learn how to teach creatively  for creativity.

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International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

is the organiser of the IATEFL Annual Conference:  

  • Three days of intensive training seminars, plenaries, and discussion groups, live lessons with learners
  • 120+ workshops on new teaching trends and techniques
  • Presentations given by top ELT specialists and writers- meet them in person!
  • Thousands of recent ELT publications on display & sold at generous discounted rates
  • High-quality daytime and evening social programmes
  • Approx.1,000 participants each year
  • Numerous opportunities to make new friends & forge useful business contacts
  • Over 100 items in the free prize draw including summer training courses in Great Britain
  • Wide-range of accommodation organised near the Conference venue to suit your tastes!
  • Up-to-date information and materials available on exam courses and professional bodies
  • Supportive and friendly atmosphere, aided by active monitors and IATEFL Help-desk


E-mail:  conference@iatefl.org.pl
Telephone:  (048) 510865100

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