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GAMES
GAMES

Games

are

classroom.

the stuff

of

life

in

As

well

as

providing

stimulation, variety, interest and

motivation, they help to promote

positive

attitudes towards

learning English.

CHARACTERISTICS OF GAMES
CHARACTERISTICS
OF GAMES
 Games may be multi-sensory and involve movement. They may develop a range of different social,
 Games may be multi-sensory and involve movement. They may
develop a range of different social, cognitive and language skills.
 They
may
be played using
a variety of different interaction
patterns.
 Games
are above all
enjoyable and fun, and this is both the
source of their appeal and what makes them potentially hard to
manage, especially if students do not perceive them, as a apart
of real work.
 Games
has rules
wich
need to
be adhered to
if they
are
to
function succesfully.
Another defining characteristic of games is the existence of some kind of contest. This may be
Another defining characteristic of games is the
existence of some kind of contest. This may be
either a contest between the players, in wich
case the game is competitive, or a contest
between the players and the goal, in wich case
the game is cooperative.
SELECTING AND ADAPTING GAMES
SELECTING
AND
ADAPTING GAMES
When selecting or adapting games to use in class, its frequently possible to address the potential
When selecting or adapting games to use in
class, its frequently possible to address
the potential drawbacks of competitive
games by making a small shift in the rules
to turn what is potentially a competitive
game in to a cooperative one.
LEARNING THROUGH GAMES
LEARNING
THROUGH
GAMES
Young children have a natural tendency to express themselves and find out about their world through
Young children have
a natural
tendency to
express themselves and find out about
their
world through play and this can provide
positive
foundations
for
learning
a
foreign
language too.
Through games children can be given initial opportunities to recognize and respond to language non-verbaly. They
Through games children can be given initial
opportunities to recognize and respond to
language non-verbaly.
They can also produce chunks of language, in
contexts wich require enjoyable repetition
and wich draw them in to using English in an
natural and spontaneous way.

Games allow for holistic learning and the integrated physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children. As well as developing language skills, games help to develop young children´s social skills, such as showing willingness to cooperate and take turns, listening to others and learning to follow and respect the rules

of the games. Some games also help to develop physical coordination and psychomotor skills, visual

spatial awareness and numeracy.

creative

thinking

or

TIPS FOR PLAYING GAMES
TIPS
FOR
PLAYING GAMES
Go for simplicity!!! It´s often the simplest games that “works” the best, especially in large classes.
Go for simplicity!!! It´s often the simplest games
that “works” the best, especially in large classes.
Make sure that all the children are involved all the
time (even if not directly).
Make sure you know how the games works yourself
before getting the children to play it!
Give clearly staged instructions and demonstrate and / or model the game. Play with the whole
Give clearly staged instructions and demonstrate and /
or model the game. Play with the whole class first.
Teach children interactive language for playing the
game, if appropriate, eg: it´s my / your turn and
encourage them to use it.
Be fair and firm about enforcing rules (children expect
and want this)
 If students are playing the game independently, circulate and monitor. At the same time, however,
 If students are playing the game independently,
circulate and monitor. At the same time, however,
give children space to experiment and to show that
they can play the game responsibly on their own.
 Stop the game while the children are stil ´on task ´
and before they lose interest.
 Familiarize the children with the names of games
you
play
regularly
to
reduce
the
need
for
instructions.
Thanks !!!
Thanks !!!