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Games For Language Learning

02-10-2015
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Games make us laugh! We all like to laugh. Pleasure is very motivating. Laughter makes us more awake and relaxed-and not only I say so, so does the Department of Cognitive Psychology, University College, London.

Laughter raises blood pressure just along enough to increase oxygen and blood supply to tissues. It alters the breathing cycles so that more oxygen is inhaled and carbon dioxide is exhaled. Muscles throughout the body tense and relax during laughter in exactly the same way as with stress reduction techniques such as yoga.

  • If we find something funny, it is often memorable as it strikes a resonant chord within us.
  • Many games are competitive and while I do not like the idea of making children feel like faiures when they do not win, team games promote co-operation and if teams are regularly mixed up, everyone's a winner.
  • Some games rather than being amusing, encouraging us to use our knowledge of the world around us rather than linguistic knowledge, which brings the world into our classroom.
  • if lessons are long or daily we need to have plenty of variety, while while still focusing on English language development-games provide variety.
  • Games can be used as a 'carrot' with less motivated students.The promise of a game at the end of class may encourage them to complete less inspiring activities well.

There's a game there

Many activities can be made into games by making them competitive. For example course books usually have grammar exercises. I get my students to work on these 'teams'. The teams with most right get a ponit on the board during a lesson, so that points from later games and exercises can be added.The team with the most points at the end is the winner. I rarely give prizes (teachers are not rich!) but the joy of winning is enough. Again I must stress that I mix up teams form one lesson to the next so that the same students are not always the winners.

The games

Of the games given here, not all may be suitable with all ages, especially with the under eight year olds. You know your students and what their language level is, but dont underestimate what they are capable of especially when it's presnted as a game.

Posted By: Noble Augustine Category: Games For Language Learning

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About Noble Augustine

Noble Augustine is an English teacher in Canada currently working with  The Calgary Immigrant Educational Society and and Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. He started his career as a teacher in English in 2001 after completing his M A in English from St. Berchmans College, Changanacherry .He was the university first rank holder for M Phil examination at School of Letters of Mahathma Gandhi University in the academic year 2002-2003. His subjects of interest are Theory and Practice of Translation, Modern and Postmodern poetry, Postcolonial Writing, Literary theory, and Communicative English. Some of the academic papers presented by him at various national and international seminars include: Moby Dick: A study in Megalomania, The Comic Paradise: A Rereading of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest, Politics and Geography in the Poetry of Kamala Das, The politics of Deconstruction, Rasa and Dhwani: the Essence of Eastern Aesthetics, The Trend of Multi-generic Parody in Malayalam Fiction:A Reading of Contemporary Short Stories in Malayalam. etc. He has translated into English Aalakampadi (The Escort) a novel by B Murali, a well-known Malayalam writer. He worked as lecturer in English in two Libyan Universities: Omar al Mokhtar University,  and  University of Bengazi , where he also chaired the committee for Quality Assurance, Assessment and Accreditation.  He guided and supervised the dissertation of Undergraduate Students and chaired the Viva Voce. He has also trained and assessed teacher education students in their practical teaching. In 2011 he obtained his certificate as a Teacher of English as a Second Langauge  from Oxford Seminars. Currently he lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and three children, and is engaged in academic research, teaching in schools, and publishing in the virtual and print media. 

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