How English Learning Helps Develop Creativity
English makes it possible to compose
In the lessons, the child has to constantly come up with something: stories about his life, skits, dialogs. Many tasks need to be performed in pairs or groups – this is a great practice for co-creation. It is not necessary to tell the truth – the main thing is to work out a new rule or word. You can give free rein to imagination.
Also, unusual examples are better remembered: the phrase “If I had a third hand, I could eat and play on the computer at the same time” will help to master conditional sentences of the second type better than “If I got up earlier, I would have time to have breakfast.” Synergy arises: creativity helps to learn English, and English helps to develop creativity.
English teaches you how to find innovative solutions.
Suppose on vacation your child wanted to order mineral water, but forgot how “water with gas” will be. He will have to get out: for example, say “water with bubbles,” “water that is bubbling,” or even show mime. There is no single solution to this problem, so you will need to apply a creative approach.
When learning a language, such situations will happen all the time – you cannot know all the words. We’ll have to rephrase and come up with unusual associations, if only the interlocutor understood. A good teacher will only support this approach, because the main thing is to speak the language.
English gives a new world view
Each new foreign language expands our picture of the world. Why in English there is no word “boiling water”, and in Russian – thirsty, that is, “thirsty”? Why do we say good night, and the English say good night? Such discrepancies help to see familiar things in an unusual light.
English also provides access to the latest trends and ideas – in music, painting, stand-up. The child will be the first to learn about new products and join the global community of creators.
English helps to speak the mother tongue better
Learning a foreign language inevitably draws attention to the very structure of the language: what parts of speech are there, how sentences are constructed, how one idea can be expressed by different means. And if in our native language we often don’t notice such things, in a foreign language they become visible.
A better understanding of the language will help to speak and write more freely, especially in the native language, where all words and constructions are familiar. Perhaps the child will want to combine Russian and English in his speech – he will have another tool for creativity.
English teaches you not to be afraid of failure
Being a creative person is difficult – most of the ideas are usually sent to the table. To continue to create, you need to perceive failure calmly.
This child will learn in English classes. Not the first time it will turn out to pronounce the sound th. Instead of Present Perfect, he will use Future Simple or instead of “delicious soup” he will say “funny soup”. And this is normal – such is the learning process.
Here are some exercises to help you train your English and creativity:
- Come up with headlines. Take a photo from a magazine or a picture from the Internet and come up with a headline for it – of course, in English. If it turns out funny, you can publish the result in social networks.
- Sound movies. While watching, turn off the sound and subtitles and try to come up with what the characters say. If it’s difficult to compose on the go, look at the passage, write down the text, and then read it – as in karaoke, only with the film.
- Arrange a debate. Does your child think eating ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is a great idea? Ask to prepare a reasoned speech, and take the opposite position yourself. And then try to defend someone else’s point of view.
- Come up with the etymology of words. Why is a butterfly called “flying oil” in English? Surely the child will compose a plausible answer. Just remember to find out the real version later.