Innovating in tertiary education : a course in language play


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In this chapter I discusses the development, implementation, teaching and evaluation of a course entitled 'Language as Play', an elective on the BA in Contemporary English Studies at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. I outline some of the challenges involved in delivering such an innovative course in the absence of anything that might be termed a theory of language play (including uncertainty about a definition) or of any coherent teaching or reading materials. Some ad hoc theoretical concepts are presented, and the problematic relationship between language play and the much-vaunted but poorly understood concept of language creativity, and how to teach and assess it, is investigated. The chapter finishes with an evaluation of the success (or not) of the course.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnglish Language Education and Assessment: Recent Developments in Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9789812870704
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Language creativity
  • Language play
  • Tertiary


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