Alan Marsh, Antonia Clare

The Creative Teacher’s Compendium


An A–Z guide of creative activities for the language classroom



The Creative Teacher’s Compendium offers teachers an exciting and varied collection of creative ideas and techniques for the classroom. You will find low-preparation, practical ideas in an easily-referenced A-Z format.

Creativity is a hugely exciting concept in teaching today — and vital for both teachers and learners. This book therefore aims to empower you to experiment in your day-to-day practice. It will help you develop your own repertoire of creative ideas, and help you grow as an ELT professional. For your learners, this means richer lessons, increased motivation, and the confidence to rise to learning challenges.

The Creative Teacher’s Compendium contains an alphabetical list of chapters with topics related to creative language teaching. These topics include Art, Beginnings, Conversations, Dictation, Emotions, Film — and so on.  Each chapter begins with a relevant quote for the topic, then a short discussion of why this area is important for creative language teaching.  This discussion provides a clear rationale and directs teachers to relevant research in the area.  Each chapter then includes a series of creative activities, which can be used as they are or easily adapted to suit teachers’ and learners’ needs.  The creative activities are always clearly linked to suggested language points, and sample materials show how these can be exploited.  The chapters end with ideas for reflective teacher development and tasks which can be used for workshops.

Whatever context you teach in, The Creative Teacher’s Compendium will equip you with the tools, inspiration and encouragement to explore the increasingly vital role of creativity in the 21st century classroom.


“The book is user friendly as the authors indicate the timing and the level; the procedure is straightforward to follow. This is a very hands-on dip-in resource book; the authors spare you long introductions about creativity. Just 18 pages! Instead there is a feast of creativity for you to enjoy.” – Hanna Kryszewska, Humanising Language Teaching, February 2021

“When I first opened this book, I realised it is the type of activity book that I treasure, one with a wide range of activities that could be used in a variety of teaching contexts… This book is wholly recommendable, and it deserves to be on the shelf of every language teacher.” – This review by Hall Houston was featured in the IATEFL Voices publication (Issue 282, 2021). Find out more about becoming a member of IATEFL here.


Antonia Clare is an English language teacher trainer, international conference speaker and award-winning materials writer.  Her special interests include the use of video and new technologies in ELT, creativity and the psychology of language learning. She has taught and trained in many countries around the world, and has co-authored bestselling course book titles including Total English and Speakout.  She has also recently contributed chapters to Creativity in English Language Teaching (ELT Council, Malta) and The Image in English Language Teaching (ELT Council, Malta).  She is currently a freelance writer and a consultant trainer with NILE.


Alan Marsh has worked in teacher training and development (including CELTA, DELTA, Erasmus+) with teachers from all over the world, both in mainstream education (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary) and in private language school contexts. He contributes regularly to ELT publications, is the President of MATEFL and in 2014 he was awarded the first Inspiring ELT Professional award in recognition of his contribution to Malta’s ELT industry. He is particularly interested in exploring creative approaches in the language classroom as a means to increasing learner and teacher motivation.

The teachers Antonia and Alan meet are forever asking them where they can get hold of all these lovely ideas,  so they decided to put them in a book.


ISBN: 9781913414528

Publication date: 21 September 2020



The book is ideal both for new and more experienced language teachers. It’s perfect for you if:

  • You’d like to teach more creatively but you’re unsure how to go about it
  • You feel bound by a tight language syllabus that doesn’t seem to leave much room for creative activities
  • You’re simply looking to refresh your repertoire of creative teaching ideas and techniques.

Kindle edition

If you would like to get your copy immediately or save on postage costs, you can now buy a Kindle version of The Creative Teacher’s CompendiumYou can also take a look inside before you buy. Kindle editions can be read on the Kindle app across most devices, including phones, tablets and computers, so you do not need a Kindle device to purchase a copy.


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