Creative Writing in the ESL Classroom

Speakers: Wendy Jones Nakanishi, Shikoku Gakuin University;
Gareth Perkins, Kagawa University

Date: 05-20-2018
Time: 14:00-16:00
Place: English Café, Kagawa University

Abstract:  The use of creative writing exercises in the English-language classroom can develop students’ interest and confidence in writing in English. There are many different kinds of exercises the teacher can use to get the students to write both poetry and prose. Wendy will talk about a range of creative writing ideas focusing on students’ own lives which can help them develop a desire for writing. Gareth will describe an activity to teach relative pronouns in a fun way as well as to encourage goal motivated study.

1. Wendy Jones Nakanishi
Wendy Jones Nakanishi has lived and worked in Japan for the past thirty-four years. She was a ‘Guest Professor’ at the Kagawa campus of Tokushima Bunri University for five years and has worked as a full-time professor at Shikoku Gakuin University since March 1989. Her academic specialty is English literature.

2. Gareth Perkins
Gareth Perkins is from the UK and has a BA in visual communication and an MA in creative writing from Oxford Brookes University. He has been teaching in Japan since 2005 and at Kagawa University since 2014.

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