Creative Stimulating Environment for Studying and Development

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Creative Stimulating Environment for Studying and Development


Dralo, Artemis, International Journal of Linguistics


Abstract

Many adults have been 'educated out' of being imaginative and can quite often forget what it is like to let their imagination take flight. So it is important for children to be encouraged, and not put off, in the early stages of their development, when their imaginations function spontaneously. It is also important for those working with children to try to revisit their own imaginations. Teachers can give life to their aspirations for children by providing, in the curriculum, both the "food" and the "exercise" that are vital for children's developing powers. Using this metaphor, children are given both nourishing intellectual and emotional food and the space in which to exercise and strengthen their intellectual and emotional muscle. Intellectual (thinking) skills generate ideas, concepts, proposals, solutions or arguments independently in response to set briefs and/or as self-initiated activity. Critical

self-evaluation, reasoning, logical argument, analysis and synthesis are certainly essential motivations to stimulate students' learning. The ability to draft and improve through redrafting creative work appropriately in a chosen genre gives the successful result in such a process. Inventiveness and creativity is another really important stimulator for better result in the teaching-learning process. Employ materials, media, techniques, methods, technologies and tools associated with the discipline(s) studied with skill and imagination whilst observing good working practices, gives the equal satisfaction to both teacher and student.

Keywords: Stimulator, Motivation, Development, Exercises, Creativity, Methodology, Inventeness, Education

1. Introduction

There have been several curricula,educational and psychological plans that can be applied to the study and development of creative abilities. For a long period of time creativity has received considerable attention from the various educational, psychological and social trends and schools in order to identify the main influences and aspects of creativity. During the student's years in school, they are asked to read and learn a tremendous amount of information. Sometimes it may seem to them, no matter how much they like school in general or any subject in particular, that they are almost overwhelmed by the many facts that they need to know. In all the cases students should be stimulated and even encouraged so as getting the essential points of all the procedure during their academic years. There are a number of stimulating activities and motivations that can be encouraged1. All the activities and the methods of teaching should be designed to stimulate student's curiosity, to encourage them to think about issues, to question, to do research to find answers and then to write up their findings, or the reports of their preparation. Yet, some aspects of this long studied issue are still vague and controversial such as the relationship between creativity and intelligence. That is, there is still room for research to be conducted on creativity. The question that imposes itself is which type of programs is the most effective for enhancing creative abilities. Torrance and his students reached this conclusion after surveying hundreds of studies conducted on creativity from 1972 to 1985.

This article deals with the most appropriate and practical environment for studying and development, and especially when learning English as a second language.

Many ESL/EFL classes today use an integrated approach to language teaching, making close connections between teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening. There is a huge variety on teaching textbooks nowadays, but these should be considered as the base tool of a study without being dependent on it as a subject. The aim here is to stimulate the creativity of the learner himself.

2. Theories and methods

The textbooks in general have a lot of activities that provide opportunities for reading, writing and speaking about English language as an international language or the lingua franca between countries. …

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