This strand considers alternatives to the prevalent emphasis on language learning for functional purposes, and investigates the extent to which creative approaches to language learning may enhance foreign language learning in the UK, both within schools and beyond. It will explore the impact on learners of different kinds of written texts (literary and non-literary), using both functional teaching approaches and ones that involve creative personal responses from learners such as drama and creative writing. The project will focus on the development of learners’ literacy skills in the foreign language, and their motivation for and conceptions of language learning.

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