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.

Blog posts on Linguistic Creativity in Language Learning

Research update: Linguistic creativity in the language classroom

Are creative or functional teaching approaches more effective in the language classroom?

Does the image of Germans in the UK press affect whether pupils want to study the language?

Learning a language is like ... crossing an ocean

Gardening - a metaphor for language learning?

Bringing languages to life


Hofweber, J; Graham, S. “Linguistic creativity in language learning: Investigating the impact of creative text materials and teaching approaches in the second language classroom”. Scottish Languages Review. 2018.