Creative Writing in the EFL Classroom/Pedagogical Principles Underpinning the Teaching of Creative Writing in the EFL Classroom

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Pedagogical Principles Underpinning the Teaching of Creative Writing in the EFL Classroom[edit]

Henry Widdowson mentioned two benefits of ESL poetry: awareness and ability.

*Benefits

This is one example of the benefits. A survey recent conducted found that mini saga writing promoted students' thinking skills (creativity and critical thinking skills). The fact that a mini saga required them to 'wrap it up' in 50 words encouaged/forced them to be careful about their language use i.e. the length of sentences and punctuation use.

Mini saga writing encourages self-editing behavior. Students have to read and reread what they have written in order to make the 50 word mini sagas.

*Disadvantages

Creative writing may have some advantages for some people. It sometimes involves the use of some 'irrational matters' This may hinder the use of one's rationality and scientificity.