Using design thinking as an approach to creative and communicative engagement in the english as a foreign language (Efl) classroom

Tim Cleminson, Neil Cowie

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Abstract

Design thinking (DT) could provide a viable method to develop 21st-century skills in English as Foreign Language (EFL) classrooms; however, its potential is not clearly understood. To explore this potential, two Japanese university teachers developed a DT course in which students built a creativity measure and wrote academic reflections. Student work displayed creative thinking, insight, and language play. Survey data revealed correlations between DT, student enjoyment, confidence communicating, and thinking flexibly. In conclusion, DT can facilitate collaborative engagement and creative thinking, however, time to develop on-task communication and a focused approach to report writing may be necessary to support understanding and communicative competence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7
JournalJournal of University Teaching and Learning Practice
Volume18
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Creativity
  • Design thinking
  • EFL
  • Engagement
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • Japanese university students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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