Creative writing for the state exam preparation
The purpose of the present research was to investigate the effect of integrating ways of teaching creative writing into traditional students' state exams preparation, typical for schools in Russia. Having analysed different theoretical sources, the organization of the teaching process in a variety of universities as well as summarizing and methodizing her own teaching experience gained from practical studies, the author has drawn together a set of recommendations containing practical tips and a collection of illustrative thought-provoking exercises organized with regard to complexity aimed at stimulating the learners, provoking their interest, expressiveness and creativity, which may be of use to anyone interested in this issue. The author has gained data to prove that the combination of traditional teaching methods and those training creative writing skills can be perceived as most effective means for the state exams preparation helping the students to acquire and master skills of observation, artistic perception and thought expression, the combination of which are mobilized for writing an emotional discourse. The author provides data showing a significant increase of motivation, accuracy and precision in the group of students participating in the experimental course advocating the effectiveness of creative writing teaching both for the state exams preparation as well as for the development of literary and linguistic skills.