Creative literacy activities include the discussion of creative topics related to textbook content. The activities promote the use of novel responses and facilitate conversations and interactions with peers and adults. Can these activities help children learn a foreign language? This scientific study investigates the effects of creative learning activities.
What are creative literacy activities?
Creative literacy activities are activities in which children work on stimulating and creative learning materials that promote novel and interesting questions. The questions promote discussion and creative thinking. Children are encouraged to provide novel and different responses. Examples of creative literacy activities include:
- Asking children what rules would exist in an animal school.
- Asking children to create their own story and discuss these creative stories.
How can creative literacy activities promote children’s language learning?
Creative literacy activities could help children to learn a foreign language, because:
- Children experience a sense of autonomy, as they are provided with choices.
- Children are motivated, because the activities include interesting topics.
- The activities include social interactions with others, which can improve children’s reading motivation.
Design of the study
This study examined the effects of creative literacy activities on the language development in foreign language learners. Children were between 6 and 7 years old. The authors measured children’s reading attitude and vocabulary knowledge of the foreign language. The children were assigned to one of two groups:
- Experimental group: Children participated in creative classroom activities for 10 weeks.
- Control group: Children followed the traditional curriculum.
Results of the study
The results of the study showed that:
- Creative literacy activities improved children’s reading attitude. Children who engaged in the creative literacy activities had a greater increase in reading attitude compared to the other group.
- There were no differences between the groups in children’s vocabulary knowledge.
Creative literacy activities may promote children’s reading attitude of a foreign language. Try to use creative activities to help your child learn a foreign language.
Chow, B. W. Y., Hui, A. N. N., & Chui, B. H. T. (2018). Creative literacy activities promote positive reading attitude in children learning English as a foreign language. Journal of Research in Reading, 41(2), 278-289.