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Creativity and EFL Learning: An empirical study in a Swedish upper-secondary school
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to see if a deliberately creative approach in an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) class would have any impact on the students’ EFL learning in terms of more varied vocabulary use, more original written texts, more implementation of story elements (such as a story goal, obstacle, character motive) and increased motivation leading to enhanced activity and attention.

     An empirical method was adopted in connection in which two Swedish upper-secondary school classes of a vocational program participated. One class was exposed to a regular teaching method (RTM) while the other class was exposed to a creative study design (CSD). During a four week period the students were assigned to write a short story and received instructions on different story elements (story goal, obstacle and character motivation). The RTM was based on how the class’s ordinary teacher would have taught. The CSD was uniquely created for this study and included several techniques and recommendations from scholars in the field of creativity.

     The results showed that the students exposed to the CSD implemented the story elements to a somewhat higher degree, used a slightly more varied vocabulary, wrote more creative stories, and showed more attention and activity than the students exposed to the RTM. However, more extensive studies would be needed to confirm these results and allow generalizations about the possible benefits the CSD has as opposed to the RTM when it comes to EFL learning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 28 p.
Keyword [en]
EFL (English as a Foreign Language), creativity, motivation, originality, creative writing, vocabulary, story elements, upper-secondary school, Sweden.
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Humanities Pedagogy
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-24884OAI: diva2:713883
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Available from: 2014-04-28 Created: 2014-04-24 Last updated: 2014-04-28Bibliographically approved

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