Innovation in Language Learning

Edition 17

Accepted Abstracts

Creativity of the Polish Students in Foreign Language Learning: The Benefits of English in the Process of the Acquisition of German

Izabela Bawej, Kazimierz Wielki University (Poland)

Agnieszka Kurzyńska, Kazimierz Wielki University (Poland)


The authors presents the results of their research done among the Polish students of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics who learn English as a first foreign language in addition to German as a second foreign language. The authors focuses on the use of creativity in the process of the effective learning of  foreign languages. The creative aspect of language use that can be observed in the foreign language acquisition is frequently limited to occasional playful activities with language and its structures. As the result, however, such an activity can support the process of acquisition as such, as could be recognized, for example, on the level of the pronunciation, the grammatical structures or the lexical structures. The point of departure here could be the confrontation between two parallel acquired foreign languages used by the students. The study shows through many examples e.g. how English can help and facilitate the learning of German, how it can be an opportunity to enrich the knowledge of German, to succeed in learning it well, to use German grammar structures and vocabulary in appropriate contexts, to improve the memorizing of  taught material during German classes as well as be a source for positive transfer into the  German language.

Keywords: creativity, similarities, benefits, English, German.

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