Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Creative writing with ICT (with special reference to Italian)

A lecture by Prof. Giuliana Fiorentino (Uni. Molise), given as part of the XIV Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo.

How can digital information and communication technologies (ICT) support innovative and creative activities in the teaching of writing? Which special types of writing skills do ICTs contribute to innovate? We explore some specific types of texts (descriptive texts and multimedial texts, narrative texts, collaborative texts) and the way they can be realized by accessing specialized websites or accessing social networks). For each type, theoretical aspects and teaching practices are examined in detail. The main aim of the lecture is to demonstrate that writing in web environments and/or supported by ICT strongly increases students’ motivation in writing, especially by offering an appropriate and ‘real’ context in which to share writing tasks required by the teacher in the classroom. Furthermore we try to show how writing with ICT makes the writing process a more creative one. Creativity is inherent in writing because the writer creates a text that did not exist before - whatever its type (in this definition creativity is not an exclusive property of literary texts). Writing is a creative act as it involves original and personal choices: even when writing is a mere linguistic manipulation of an existing text there is some kind of creativity in it. Creativity in writing is the ability to solve - in a flexible, personal and original way - different types of writing problems. Last but not least writing with ICT implies more creativity not only on the part of the learner, but also on the part of the teacher. It emerges that creativity on the part of the teacher results in an effort to invent new activities that increase the involvement and active contribution of the student during the writing tasks. The teacher is required to rethink the writing curriculum and to define and develop new writing practices.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 6pm-7pm
Location: Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures, O'Rahilly Building, 1.24, UCC
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Mark Chu
021 490 2335/2486

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