I had the pleasure of teaching elective courses at a private language school in the U.S. It was a refreshing approach to teaching ESL. One course that soon became my favorite was Creative Writing. The title never attracted the numbers that courses on slang and pop culture did, but students who ventured into my Creative Writing classroom learned that writing is a means of self-expression and by exploring ideas and experimenting with language, one’s confidence to communicate can grow.
It is my belief that students should have the opportunity to share their writings and take pride in their work. For this purpose, I started a literary magazine at the school where I taught, and I encouraged (but never required) students to submit their compositions. Those who agreed to publish their work did further revision under my supervision. Both the students and I enjoyed seeing a well written text at the end of the whole process.
In the following entries I’ll share a few creative writing tasks that lead to fun and productive lessons.