The volume is published in a historical moment in Europe in which the European Commission is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Barcelona Agreement (2002-2012), which emphasized the importance of learning two languages in addition to the mother tongue. The volume reflects on strategies for achieving these objectives, while underlining the belief that creativity is a skill which needs to be identified, stimulated and nurtured for the benefit of the entire society.
CARMEN ARGONDIZZO - Introduction 13
13 CARMEN ARGONDIZZO Introduction This volume documents the lively discussions and reflective moments of a group of scholars that took part in the 1st Conference on Creativ- ity and Innovation in Language Studies (CILS)1. The conference was held during the European Year 2009 of Creativity and Innovation and aimed at highlighting the relevance of such concepts which educa- tion at any level, in any sector and at any time should continuously stimulate and enhance. Moreover, the conference highlighted the value of Creativity and Innovation in Language Education as a key issue for the development of personal, professional and social competences. More specifically, the volume explores the concept of creativity linked with issues such as cultures and language use, language teaching, business settings and technology. The volume offers a Preface section that paves the way to these top- ics through the reflections of three scholars, experts in the field of creativity in various sectors. Ronald Carter (University of Notting- ham) has developed, throughout the years, particular interest in the relationship between language and creativity in the modern world. He underlines that in our daily life we often get involved in elements of language play by means of playing with structures and, through this, playing with the meanings that we want to convey. In other words, we often use creative language directly or indirectly to convey a par- ticular message. In the relation between language and creativity there is always, he suggests, an element of critique, whatever aim we have in...
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