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The Art and Artistry of Language Teaching

Alan Maley

Is education about opening up the diverse creativity within everyone, or about ensuring a life-threatening conformity?  I will begin by critiquing the current paradigm, which seems dedicated to conformity, achieved by narrow curricular specification, an almost religious devotion to tests and examinations, and an industrial metaphor.  I will suggest an alternative paradigm based on an aesthetic view of education, which offers ample options and opportunities to both teachers and learners.  I will focus on how this might be done through the choice of the Matter (the content) of teaching, the Method (the kinds of activities we use) and the Manner (the human climate in which it is done.)

Keywords:aesthetic, creativity, education, alternative, critical