TESOL Colombia Presentation: Creativity as Context

By   May 7, 2017

We will be off to Colombia and will be presenting on the 13th of May at the Universidad la Sabana in Chia, Colombia.  I can’t wait.

Here’s what we will be talking about

Creativity as Context and Objective in the EFL Classroom

Our presentation material and handouts


Studies have shown that innovative teaching strategies, such as gamified learning, and creative learning contexts can make a positive impact on second language acquisition.

Over the last three years, students in the B1-B2 levels of English at the Universidad Panamericana in Guadalajara, Mexico have had the opportunity to take experimental, non-traditional English courses instead of traditional language instruction.  The results of our experimentation have revealed that students who learn English through our non-traditionally structured classes achieve equal or better scores on TOEIC exams than those students who attended traditional classes with grammar and structure-oriented instruction.  We believe the reason for this lies in the use of gamified learning elements and creativity-based instruction in classes that focus on problem-solving and decision making.

In this workshop, we will briefly present how students were able to achieve success on the TOEIC exam, how our typical class structure enables student autonomy and encourages creative thought, and how our gamified structure motivates students to a higher level of participation and achievement.  Participants will experience how our classes work by participating in a creativity exercise to develop their own exciting and innovative learning objects.  We will be providing attendees with handouts and web access to ancillary material that we have successfully used in our classes.


creativity, gamification, CLIL, student autonomy