Innovation in Language Learning

Edition 17

Accepted Abstracts

Imagination Workout

Maria Sosnovskaya, British Council Ukraine (Ukraine)


Our students live in an extraordinary era at a breathtaking pace, and so do we. But the trick is that we cannot make them ready for the future and if we want them to become successful we must teach them think on their own. According to Albert Einstein imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand. One of the fashion bloggers once said that taste is a muscle that can and should be trained as any other. But do we train our imagination or have we given up using it at all? We are developing 4Cs and soft skills but what about imagination that pushed humanity beyond its limits and made it think out the box? Are we teaching our kids to use it? Do we create the situations in our classroom where they have to apply it? Are we grateful enough to this amazing ability that differs us from all other creatures? It is definitely worth thinking together about the ways to help our students develop and strengthen it.

Keywords: 4 Cs, imagination, creativity, writing, speaking;

[1] Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously TED Talk;
[2] Jarrett J. Krosoczka: How a boy became an artist;


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