The Extremely Short Story Competition: Fostering creativity in formal and informal E-language learning contexts in the UAE and internationally

Peter John Hassall


This paper details the development of the Extremely Short Story Competition [ESSC] for non-native users of English. The ESSC began as a 50-word writing competition, using e-mail, between students of the Literature Club Zayed University and has since been successfully adapted for delivery via a website to involve tertiary students at federal education institutions (Zayed University, UAE University & Higher Colleges of Technology) throughout the United Arab Emirates. Examples and explanation will be given of how the web-version of the ESSC is used to encourage creativity in classroom and out-of-class language learning and has also been implemented throughout the GCC (+ Yemen) and in the Far East centering on Japan.

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