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In most cases, such lyrics are written in the shape of poetry or storytelling, although they are not limited to these categories. You can also be more or less creative with your own letter, diary, blog, essay, travelogue, etc. Indeed, the boundary between creative writing (CW) and expositorial writing (ER) is not set in stones.
However, CW lyrics are generally based more on intuitive, precise observations, fantasy and individual memory than ERs. The most important differentiating feature of CW text is the fun use of the text, which expands and tests its regulations to the limits in a blameless environment in which the risks are promoted.
This writing connects communicative and emotional ways of thought. However, the playing aspect of CW should not be mistaken for a relaxed and uncontrolled use of terminology. What is interesting is that the restrictions imposed by the regulations seem to encourage rather than limit the author's work.
Part of the explanation for this seeming contradiction is the deepening of thoughts and speech that the regulations state. Which are the advantages of CW for the students? The CW supports linguistic evolution at all levels: English speaking, German speaking, German speaking, German speaking, English and German speaking. This demands that students interact with the English in an interesting and challenging way, trying to articulate unique individual meaning.
They inevitably deal with the vocabulary at a lower editing layer than most expositorial text. The gain in vocabulary precision and reach, in the appropriateness and authenticity of encyclopaedic selection, in sensibility for rhymes, rhythms, emphasis and voicing, and in the way lyrics relate, is significant.
There is also room for students whose hemispheres or styles of study are not intellectually or lefthand and who are therefore disadvantaged in the ordinary course of schooling. The most remarkable is perhaps the dramatically increased self-confidence and self-esteem that CW develops among students.
The learner also tends to find things about the culture of the country.... and also about himself, which promotes both his or her own development and his or her own development. Dornyei (2001: 138-144) names among other things: "5. create a comfortable and supporting atmoshere. Improve students' expectations of achievement in certain assignments and in general study.
Improve your learner's experience by eliminating the monotonous nature of teaching. Encourage and entertain your learner by making assignments more attractive. Encourage and make the learner's experience more pleasant by engaging them as proactive respondents. Offer your pupils a sense of achievement on a continuous basis. Encourage your learner's trust by encouraging them regularly.
Improve the pupils' motivations by encouraging collaboration between pupils. The learner soon realizes that he can type something in a different tongue that has never been previously typed by someone else and that is of interest to others. And they not only feel proud of their own product, but also enjoy the "flow" of the processes.
After all, CW is feeding into more creative readings. It' as if the students intuitive understood how such text works through the text creation processes, and this makes it easy to use. Also, the evolution of esthetic literacy (Kramsch 1993, Rosenblatt 1978) allows the student a better comprehension of the text structure that flows into the writing.
What about the schoolteachers? In the first paper I said that both the teacher and the learner should read extensively. I would also say that there are significant advantages for educators when they have CW. It makes little sense to exhort students to get involved in CW if we do not.
The CW is a way to keep teachers' Englishs lively and serene. Much of our working life relies on the mastered vocabulary of the text book and our students' repetitive, error-prone Englishs. It is our duty as a teacher of languages to keep our main resources going.
As a result, CW users become more interesting to educators, and this invariably affects their relationship with schoolchildren. The proof of these claims is largely anecdotic, supported by a poll of writing instructors I carried out in 2006. Among the interesting facts that emerged was the common conviction among writing instructors that CW had a beneficial effect on writing text in the repository and helping them to create the coveted but seldom supplied "authentic voice".
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