Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Learning With Fun: Games for Young Learners of English

I don't know about you, but to me using language games is one of the best strategies to encourage language acquisition. I really believe in games!

Teachers should consider the advantages of playing language games in the class: for capturing students' attention; for lowering students' stress; and for giving students the chance for real communication.

It is really important to choose an appropriate time and integrate games 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.

"Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game" said Michael Jordan 

"Games are designed to create a compelling complex problem space or world, which players come to understand through self-directed exploration. They are scaffolded to deliver just-in-time learning and to use data to help players understand how they are doing, what they need to work on and where to go next. Games create a compelling need to know, a need to ask, examine, assimilate and master certain skills and content areas. Some experts argue that games are, first and foremost, learning systems, and that this accounts for the sense of engagement and entertainment players experience" (from Institute of Play)

Here you are "my collection" of games I use in my ESL class
Hope you like it! 

And this is my "collection" of vocabulary and sentences I use for playing "English" in my class: 

Just to finish with....How important are "counting rhymes" when you play! 
Have a look at this wonderful Michael Rosen's video and enjoy!

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