Why use games in the EFL classroom? motivating and fun peoplelike them natural part of growing up and learning provide a context ensure interaction promote co-operation add variation to a lesson
Types of games Movement games Card games Board games Drawing games Guessing games Miming games Role-play games Singing and chanting games Word games Team games
Movement game Let’s do it!
Motor skills, balance, spatial awareness & muscle control
Channels children’s energy into activities that help with language learning
Span key functions of the brain (R: creativity, L: verbal skills)
Helpful with shy children
Transfer of information between verbal and visual
Guessing game Let’s do it!
Motivate Ss to practice Q & A
Singing game ABC action song A B C D E F G Come and sit down with me H I J K L M N Clap your hands, stand up again O P Q R S T U Sing a song for me and you V W X Y Z Turn around and look at me
Word game Spell ‘fish’ F-I-S-H
Word game Bag! Girl! Lollipop!
Team game (Whispers)
Rousers and Settlers writing games movement games games focusing on listening games involving element of competition craft activities board games guessing games games requiring speaking
Rousers movement games games involving competition guessing games games requiring speaking Settlers
games focusing on listening
Role of games You can use games to: introduce new material practise recently learned language items revise, consolidate language relax or energise a class
Tips for introducing games in the classroom Language focus (What will the students practise?) Play different games Vary the order Don’t “drag” a game Plan carefully (materials, appropriacy, safety)
What can you do to control large classes? Whole class games (TPR, e.g. Simon says, line-ups) Let Ss manage the games Divide class into groups Turn players into teams Set up different “stations” in the classroom (e.g. game station, reading station, listening station, etc.)
Which language to use in class? vs.
Language for: ending a game sustaining a game starting a game