Teach English in TanshAn Zhen - Shiyan Shi

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A lot of activities can be settled and performed in a classroom for the purpose of teaching a non-native language. From tasks until routine exercises, a wide range of dinamics might be applied for a teacher. But games have different and unique features for a lesson, and its matter and characteristics needs to be debated for developing a consistent teaching of a content. First of all, it must keep in mind the concept of a game, which could be described as a structured form of play, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes as an educational tool and carried out for remuneration.In other words, a game has keys components such as rules, challenges and interactions among its players and/or its internal elements. These are the concepts that will be worked on this text. A game applied in a lesson must have specific and clear goals, which need be aimed for "internal" and "external" purposes.The first ones are objectives for the game itself and the second one are objectives for teaching/learing purposes. Once both are defined, a teacher proceed with the next step. Determining and specifying clear rules for a game is crucial for using that in a lesson. A cohesive set of internal laws of a game has great chances of be understood and accepted by players. Due of the hierachic characteristic of a classroom, a teacher is a natural rule creator of a lesson game, and students are its players by consequence. Stablish coherent rules provides a fluid and funny activity, so as a good rapport for teachers.This can be provided by previous demonstration, for example. Challenge in a game can be easier wiewed as a road between the beginning of a game lesson and its aim. By this distance-model, a teacher can measure a lot of its elements such as students' performance. In other words, scores, which can shows the amount of content absorbed by students without the natural pressure in an exam or test, for example, considering the non-rewarding feature of a game. When they are playing, students interact among them and between them and game elements such as rules, materials and objects used. Their perfomance shows to teacher in a quickly wiew how they deal with game internal purposes, and in a further analysis how fluid and easy the content of a lesson is absorbed and accepted by them. All that said, now it is easy to understand the importance of games in a lesson. For its non-rewarding measure characteristic (most of times), ludic model and unique interactions, a game shows students'natural behavior by allowing them be themselves, once they are usually relaxed. This provides not only a warmer activity to be applied on the engage stage of a lesson, but also a model of level measure closer to the real content absorbed by them for a teacher. Even in a role-play game in an action stage, when they are acting a role, a teacher can realize their true nature in a non-stressfull environment, which allows the students shows their good qualities, failures, needs, wants and difficulties.