Exploring poems to promote language learners' creative writing

Kirkgoz Y.

14th Language, Literature and Stylistics Symposium, Selcuk, Turkey, 15 - 17 October 2014, vol.158, pp.394-401 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 158
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.12.106
  • City: Selcuk
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.394-401
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: Yes


This article describes how poems can effectively be used to foster EFL/ESL students' creative writing. The paper starts with discussing the meaning of creativity, and the importance of creativity within the language learning process. Then, it proceeds to demonstrate how students' creative writing can be fostered by composing English poems. A three-stage writing-using model advocated by Bouman (1983) is employed to promote students' creative writing skills. Creativity in writing is assessed using a rubric specifically designed for this study. Sample writings of poems produced by learners are included to illustrate how the use of model poems, which is used as a source of input, can facilitate creative writing.