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About Gamesand Activities
Games and activities can be regardedas integral components of language
development. They provide concentrated
use of language, meaningful contexts,opportunities for real, spontaneouscommunication and elements of enjoyment that capture learner
interest. These make games and activities
vital links between structured languagepractice and ‘real world’ language use.Games and activities can also be used
as extremely effective and efﬁcient needs
analysis tools, where areas of strengthand improvement can easily be seen.
When to UseGames and Activities
Due to their unpredictable, dynamicnature and spontaneous use of language,games and activities are well-suited tosituations and times of free and opencommunication, as opportunities for participants to use language they havepreviously studied. Also, because of their inherent interaction requirements, gamesand activities are ideal for situationswhere participants are not familiar withone another, and, therefore, act asreasons, focal points and avenues for communication. Furthermore, due to their adaptability and ﬂexibility, gamesand activities can be used withparticipants of all language abilities, fromelementary through to advanced levels.