Explore ways of improving language teaching through the lens of creativity. Creativity is a way of thinking about learning and teaching that emphasizes collaboration, problem-solving, intrinsic motivation, discovery, and an openness to new ideas. In this workshop, participants will engage with specific visual techniques and supports to create acquisition-rich environments in the language classroom. Multimodal strategies that include visuals and film will be integrated into plans to improve the learner’s target language proficiency and to support creative thinking and learning.
After this workshop, participants will be able to:
- identify key ideas to support the use of creativity to promote learning and language development;
- implement meaningful visual strategies to support creativity in the language classroom; and
- enhance lessons with interactive activities requiring creative thinking skills.
Anne Cummings Hlas is Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she teaches methods courses for future language teachers and Spanish language courses. A veteran teacher, she regularly incorporates improvisation and creative thinking techniques in her classes to promote interpersonal communication and collaboration. She is the author of Practical Creativity: Activities and Ideas for Your Language Classroom (2019) and has published in many national and international journals. Her research interests focus on high-leverage teaching practices, teacher development, and teacher language use.
Amy Young is the English Language Specialist for School Support at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Dr. Young has also worked as an EL and Spanish teacher, a principal in a linguistically diverse Elementary school, a University Spanish Instructor, and Visiting Assistant Professor at New York University in their Multilingual Multicultural Studies program. She lived for over 15 years in Mexico where she founded and was the national director of a creative problem-solving organization. Her research interests include strategies for facilitating learning in multilingual settings through collaborative dialogue, peer interaction, and integrating language and content.
Drs. Hlas and Young created the CARLA Summer Institute titled Creativity in the Language Classroom in 2015 and will co-teach this popular institute for the eighth time in 2022.
Target Audience: This workshop is appropriate for language teachers of any language at the elementary through the postsecondary level as well as language teacher educators.