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How English Games Help Children Learn

There are many ways to teach ESL/TEFL to children but one of
most exciting and rewarding ways to do it is by using
games. English Games not only engage the children, but
teach through play – and most of the time the children
even know they are learning until the time comes to show
knowledge! It truly is possible (and almost necessary) to
create a classroom where the students not only learn but
truly enjoy their time there.

Incorporating English games into the classroom can build
interest in the class, put language in an interesting and
meaningful context, give students a break from the
pressures of
learning a new language while giving the break a purpose,
real world skills and, most importantly, build the
student/teacher bond.

Building Interest in the Class

While many of us might not like to admit it, many children
necessarily like the idea of being in our classes to learn
a new
language. Even more, as teachers we all know that even the
attentive children can get bored and lose focus on
Incorporating English games is a great way to get out of
the rut
of language drills, worksheets, boring repetition and
study. If you can find ways to keep the children
interested in
class (i.e. through fun English games), they will also find
they are interested in the topic – and will often absorb
retain more knowledge than if they are simply studying to
pass a
test or complete an assignment.

Friendly competition is also great to keep children
interested –
it often is the one encourager that they need to actively
participate in any classroom activity. The outcome of the
(even if it is simply knowing the score at the end of the
gives them a concrete and immediate incentive to use the
language as dictated by the game.

Putting Language in Useful and Meaningful Context

Repetition is necessary for fluency, yet there is nothing
meaningless than repetition in a void. If you ask your
class to
keep repeating words back at you they’ll start to feel

Also, if you want the children to practice conversation you
a few options. The problem with most options is that the
is either practicing this real life usage in small groups
don't have you there to observe and offer assistance or
much of
the class is left to work on their own while you have a
conversation with one or two pupils at a time.

English Games solve this because they allow you to engage
entire class in activities that require practical use.
children learning ESL get this meaningful and contextual
practice, the language becomes more vivid in their minds
they are better able to remember what they've learned and

Furthermore, English games often encourage pupils to use
language spontaneously and to think for themselves and they
children the confidence they need to go out and use the
in real-world settings.

Giving Students a Break

Learning a new language is intense and even sometimes
English Games allow ESL pupils to have a break from the
rigor of
learning a new language. If you find the right kinds of
this break can have purpose and make useful the time spent
the break because they are still practicing their skills.
addition, the students will be totally immersed in the
focus of
the game and they’ll be learning before they even realize

Teaching Real World Skills

Teachers who successfully use English games in their
will tell you there are more benefits than those just
related to
learning the language. English Games give opportunities
for shy
students to express themselves in a non-threatening
The class will learn to work together as a whole or as
groups. English Games can also promote competition in a
healthy, fair manner, if you chose to use them that way.

Creating a Student/Teacher Bond

Finally, as a teacher I’m sure you want to build a bond
your pupils. Playing English games does this in so many
You’ll be able to show yourself as a person, not just a
as you encourage your students to do well in the game, or
in with them. Playing games also creates a positive
environment that allows children to relax and enjoy
and those around them.

While some people still look at games as "time
fillers" in a
classroom, when used correctly they can actually replace
"traditional" teaching time with activities that
give the
students (and teachers) so many more benefits than
worksheets and boring repetition.

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