Welcome to the February-2011 Issue of NELTA Choutari.
The articles in this issue provide practical ideas on how we can teach English creatively in the classroom. Although the idea of creativity is not prescriptive, we believe that these articles help to generate more innovative ways of teaching English.
It is needless to reiterate the importance of creativity in teaching English. It has been accepted that creativity drives teachers towards professional growth. It also helps them generate knowledge through experimentation and discovery. The most important point is that it enhances critical thinking ability of both teachers and students by constantly engaging them in doing something unusual and observing whether or not that works in teaching-learning process.
Barthold Georg Niebuhr has once said “it is better to create than to be learned, creating is the true essence of life.” This quotation indicates that if we want to see our ‘self’ as a professional teacher in the ELT community of practice, we should not only believe in what we learned from books and other sources but we should adapt those knowledge in our own context which help to bring some changes in everyday teaching. Taking everything as a granted may not lend a hand to become a teacher who has his/her own idiosyncratic specialties from which students learn alot. The whole essence of our professional life depends on how much we can create, aspire to create and share our creation with other colleagues.
Andrew Wright, a famous ELT book writer, a story teller and a teacher trainer, has provided very useful classroom activities to teach grammar creatively. For details please click here. Mabindra Regmi presents the findings of his action research on creative writing with the students. The activities given in the article are useful for teachers. Please click here to read the details. Similarly, Suresh Shrestha has discussed how humours can be used in the classroom while teaching English. The examples included in his article may be helpful to create joyful environment for learning English in the classroom. Please click here to read his article. These three articles have emphasized that English can be taught in an usual ways as well which not only encourage students to use English in the classroom but also provide an abundant opportunity to create something through interaction.
Although two other articles are of different nature, they bring very crucial messages. Mukunda Giri’s article discusses changing paradigm of teaching and learning process. He argues that traditional role of a teacher as an instructor or a dictator or a lecturer has become obsolete. Now teachers have to facilitate students by creating such an atmosphere where students interact. You can read his article by clicking here. Madhav Timilsina’s article not directly related to ELT. However, it discusses broader issues of language education and applied linguistics. He brings some important agendas on how minority languages like Pahari are losing their existence from the community. To read this wonderful article in detail please click here.
Articles in this issue
1. Andrew Wright – Creativity in teaching English
2. Mabindra Regmi – Teaching creative writing by describing sensory perceptions
3. Suresh Shrestha – Creative humour: laughter to learning
We expect more innovative ideas from t teachers of English. And sharing of those ideas in this forum will be a tremendous support to the teachers and the whole ELT family.
Thank you so much for reading past issues and accepting this issue of choutari.
Editor, February – 2011 Issue