Some activities to arouse learners’ creativity in foreign language teaching

  • Tu Nguyen Thi Ngoc

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creativity, teaching, learning, arouse, encourage, foreign language


Creative thinking is an important skill since it always exists in all areas of social life. In addition to the disciplines that creativity is characterized by (such as painting and design), foreign language teaching activities also contain great creative potential. The article provides an overview of creativity and of its significance in teaching in general and in foreign language teaching in particular. At the same time, a number of specific foreign language teaching activities are offered to arouse and encourage learners’ creativity in order to enhance their outcomes in learning languages.

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