Games become not only an important part of child’s life but also an useful and efficient tool in learning English. There are many advantages of using games in the classroom:
- They are motivating and challenging.
- Learning a language requires a great deal of effort.
- Games help students to make and sustain the effort of learning.
- Games provide language practice in the various skills- speaking, writing, listening and reading.
- They encourage students to interact and communicate.
- They create a meaningful context for language use.
- Vocabulary games bring real world context into the classroom, and increase students’ use of English in a flexible, meaningful and communicative way.
- Games usually involve friendly competition and they keep students interested in learning the language.
- Games can help children learn and hang on to new words more easily
From these advantages of using games, the teacher should pay attention that:
- Games are often used as short warm-up activities or when there is some time left at the end of a lesson. In this case, a game should not be regarded as a marginal activity filling in odd moments when the teacher and class have nothing better to do. Games ought to be at the heart of teaching foreign languages.
- Games can be used at all stages of the lesson. But teachers must be sure that games provided are suitable and carefully selected by the teachers.
- Before playing a game teachers should give attention to the number of students, proficiency level, cultural context, timing, learning topic, and the classroom settings.
- Games also lend themselves well to revision exercises helping learners recall material in a pleasant, entertaining way.