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Using Games For Teaching

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Using Games For Teaching

  1. 2. Games in the ESL and EFL Class <ul><li>One useful strategy to encourage language acquisition is using language games. </li></ul><ul><li>When using games in the classroom, it is beneficial for teachers to have a complete understanding of the definitions of games, which usually are defined as a form of play concerning rules, competition, and an element of fun. </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Teachers should also consider the advantages of games: the ability to capture students' attention; lower students' stress; and give students the chance for real communication. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lastly teachers need to assess how to use games appropriately in the classroom. It is important to choose an appropriate time and integrate them into the regular syllabus and curriculum. However, because of the limitations of the syllabus, games often cannot be used, as much as they should be. Therefore, it may be challenging for teachers to try to add some games in class in order to develop students' English proficiency of the target language. </li></ul></ul>Games in the ESL and EFL Class
  3. 4. How to Choose Games <ul><li>* A game must be more than just fun. * A game should involve &quot;friendly&quot; competition. * A game should keep all of the students involved and interested. * A game should encourage students to focus on the use of language rather than on the language itself. * A game should give students a chance to learn, practice, or review specific language material. </li></ul>Games in the ESL and EFL Class
  4. 5. <ul><li>Games are a welcome break from the usual routine of the language class. </li></ul><ul><li>They are motivating and challenging. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning a language requires a great deal of effort. Games help students to make and sustain the effort of learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Games provide language practice in the various skills- speaking, writing, listening and reading. </li></ul><ul><li>They encourage students to interact and communicate. </li></ul><ul><li>They create a meaningful context for language use. </li></ul>Games in the ESL and EFL Class Advantages
  5. 6. General Benefits of Games <ul><li>Affective: - lowers affective filter - encourages creative and spontaneous use of language - promotes communicative competence - motivates - fun </li></ul><ul><li>Cognitive: - reinforces - reviews and extends - focuses on grammar communicatively </li></ul>
  6. 7. General Benefits of Games <ul><li>Class Dynamics: - student centered - teacher acts only as facilitator - builds class cohesion - fosters whole class participation - promotes healthy competition </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptability: - easily adjusted for age, level, and interests - utilizes all four skills - requires minimum preparation after development </li></ul>
  7. 8. Conclusion Activity