Could more creative people be better second language learners?
How do you define, measure and test creativity?
Dr. Mackey (Georgetown University) will first introduce cognitive creativity, and discuss how the construct of cognitive creativity can be measured then briefly describe two empirical studies, one with 20 English L1 learners of Japanese L2 in the US, and one involving 52 Chinese L1 university students in the UK focusing on (a) linguistic production during a group oral interaction task, (b) the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT), (c) the paperclip task, an alternative creativity test. Dr. Mackey will conclude by contextualizing cognitive creativity as worthy of future investigation in SLA in general, and in cognitive-interactionist SLA and task-based learning in particular.
FRIDAY, 21ST FEBRUARY
12 to 1PM, MYLT 101, Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Campus