Using Games in Teaching English for Kids

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:

  1. They are motivating and challenging.
  2. Learning a language requires a great deal of effort.
  3. Games help students to make and sustain the effort of learning.
  4. Games provide language practice in the various skills- speaking, writing, listening and reading.
  5. They encourage students to interact and communicate.
  6. They create a meaningful context for language use.
  7. Vocabulary games bring real world context into the classroom, and increase students’ use of English in a flexible, meaningful and communicative way.
  8. Games usually involve friendly competition and they keep students interested in learning the language.
  9. 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.

 

 

 

One thought on “Using Games in Teaching English for Kids

  1. First of word, thanks for your sharing ! and i have some coments for you, hope that it will be better for your writing
    I agree with you at some points about game’s advantages: games are interesting, also challenging, improva and develop chidren’s skills, vocubulary, communication, so on. You also give some advices as well as teachers’ duty for using game and organize it, i see it is very useful and good. However, I think it will be better and helpful if you add more information and some new things to organize any games, I see, maybe, it’s quite easy to find in the internet. You need to have something new and your writing should be more clearly and more effective.

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