GELH2000 / GELH005 – Creativity and Writing: English for a Global Readership
|Suggested Year of Study:||2-4|
Department of English
|Medium of Instruction:||English|
In this course students learn to express themselves creatively through the medium of English. While the main emphasis is on story making, students experience a range of creative texts (including stories, poems, songs and films), as models for their own imaginative work.
Students will learn to write simple texts in key creative genres: for instance different types of poem, short story and life writing (biography and autobiography). Learning to tell and write stories, individually and in groups, students gain confidence in expressing themselves and in constructing a narrative from different points of view.
Working from lecture to discussion mode, class time is largely devoted to understanding how simple stories work and to practising basic techniques of storytelling. Group work, in-class performance and writing for a global audience are integral to the course. Reading and homework assignments set from week to week challenge the student to create engaging creative texts from memory and imagination. Assessment is by individual portfolio including an agreed combination of individual and group work in different genres.
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
By the end of the course students will have demonstrated some of the following outcomes:
- Rewrite a literary text in one genre so that it conforms to the conventions of another (eg a poem to a short story or scripted dialogue).
- Work effectively in groups to compose a creative text.
- Describe experiences on which they have reflected.
- Write compelling texts using imaginary characters and settings and plots.
- Revise and rewrite earlier drafts to make more polished final products.