Creative Writing in the EFL Classroom/Pedagogical Principles Underpinning the Teaching of Creative Writing in the EFL Classroom

Henry Widdowson mentioned two benefits of ESL poetry: awareness and ability.


This is one example of the benefits. A survey recent conducted found that mini saga writing promoted students' thinking skills (creativity and critical thinking skills). The fact that a mini saga required them to 'wrap it up' in 50 words encouraged/forced them to be careful about their language use i.e. the length of sentences and punctuation use.

Mini saga writing encourages self-editing behavior. Students have to read and reread what they have written in order to make the 50 word mini sagas.


Creative writing may have some advantages for some people. It sometimes involves the use of some 'irrational matters' This may hinder the use of one's rationality and scientificity.