Let’s Write Something Interesting for a Change

Alan Maley
Start time
Friday 7 June, 16:00
End time
Friday 7 June, 17:00
The Place

The poetic function is central to language, at all levels, from young learners to young adults. Poems carry within them the beat and rhythm of the language, they provoke a response (physical, visual, cognitive, affective, associative, etc.), they prompt connections with personal experience, they open the way for learning through vicarious experience, they foster language play, they offer non-tedious repetition, and  they encourage learners to take risks with the language.
But literature can be written as well as read.  In this workshop, we will explore a number of simple classroom techniques for generating original and interesting texts. These will mainly be poems, with a few techniques for creating stories for good measure.  All of them depend for their success on imposing constraints, which also act as stimulus and scaffolding.

We will conclude by looking at the very positive advantages creative writing has to offer, both to students and to teachers.

About Alan Maley

Alan Maley’s career in English Language Teaching began with The British Council in 1962.  After post-graduate training at the University of Leeds, he worked for the British Council in Yugoslavia, Ghana, Italy, France, PR China and India over a period of 26 years.  After resigning from the Council in 1988, he became Director-General of the Bell Educational Trust in Cambridge (1988-93).  He then took up the post of Senior Fellow in the Department of English, National University of Singapore, where he stayed for 5 years   His last full-time post was as Dean and Professor of the Institute for English Language Education, Assumption University, Bangkok, where he set up new MA programmes.  Since retiring from Assumption in 2004, he has occupied a number of visiting professorial posts at Leeds Metropolitan, Nottingham, Durham, Malaysia (UKM), Vietnam (OU-HCMC) and Germany (Universitat Augsburg).

He has published extensively and was series editor for the Oxford Resource Books for Teachers for over 20 years. He continues to write for publication.  He also remains active as a speaker at national and international conferences.

He is also a published poet and short-story writer.

He was a co-founder of The Extensive Reading Foundation, and of The C group: Creativity for Change in Language Education http://thecreativitygroup.weebly.com .  He is a past-President of IATEFL, and was given the ELTons Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

Other events by Alan

- Using Stories and Poems with Andrew and Alan Arrow

Stories and poems are universal - they are found in all cultures.  They are part of being human.  They touch the parts of our being other things do not reach. It would be insane not to use this rich resource in our teaching.  Andrew will offer a number of practical ideas for responding to stories...

Looking forward to seeing you
all in Bratislava

7th-8th June 2019