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Games in the classroom Games in the classroom. Go into any
Games in the classroom. Go into any primary school lesson and you are likely to see the teacher conducting a game of some sort or another, this is because games in the classroom work and have done for a long time. There are many different factors involved with games. In my report i am going to look at English language games and the advantages of using them.
The first thing to determine is the level and ability of your group by conducting a placement test (see unit 18 evaluation and testing). Once you have some idea of the student's ability you can start to look at what material will be best suited to that group. One of the first problems you might come across will be how to generate enthusiasm throughout the group as learning a foreign language can quickly become boring. Games are an excellent and fundamental way to involve your entire group and hold their interests. You could almost say that it is a physiological trick were students think they are just playing a few games which are not difficult and great fun however they are in fact learning about all different aspects of English language. There is a game of some sort or another for every one of those aspects of English be it speaking, listening, reading, writing, vocabulary or grammar. Some games may even cover all of the above. The fact is you can turn almost any subject into a game and although you will never be able to use games to cover every aspect of that subject or syllabus you can at least begin with games to create higher motivation levels from the start (lesson warmers are a good example of this see unit 20 page 3 trouble shooting).
The verity of classroom games available is immense and easily accessible from searching the internet, using the library or spend some time looking around toy shops for inspiration. Some teachers may want to use the more popular well known games that have been tried and tested for years so they can be certain of success, whereas other teachers may want to create their own games so they can be tailor made to suit the interests and ability of a certain group this is of course up to the individual.
The teacher should always be prepared and have a stock of games and ideas to fall back on encase students finish tasks early and the teacher doesn't wish to start a new task considering the time remaining in the lesson, the teacher can simply hand out a quick puzzle or game this may even encourage the slower students to work harder and concentrate more in order to have time to play a game or do puzzle. There is a good section in (course books and materials unit page 2) giving examples of created and authentic games and puzzles and a reference to the web site (www.puzzelmaker.com) there are a lot of different uses and levels. Many games you will be able to use with elementary or high level students (hangman, role-plays).
I found some interesting games on the internet based around TEFL courses. (English volley game: reinforces knowledge of prepositions for intermediate grade $19).
(Sentence scramble: this game is designed to teach the basic structure of English sentences the object is to make as many sentences as possible with a set of word cards $9).
(Spelling game: match the pictures spell the word helps to improve motor and matching skills increases vocabulary and strengthens problem solving $9) all of the above games were found at www.classroomgames.com .
To buy all these games will probably be to expensive for most teachers, so by reading the instructions or descriptions teachers are normally able to devise their own version of the game.
Finally in order for games to work effectively they must be kept simple and the teacher needs to make sure every student thoroughly understands.
Games in the class are a fundamental aspect of teaching; they are fun, constructive, effective and great team builders.