5 Top Reasons
to Teach Children English with Fun ESL Games
ways to teach ESL/TEFL to children but one of the most exciting and
rewarding ways to do it is by using games.
Fun ESL games
not only engage the children, but also teach through play –
and most of the time the children don’t even know they are
learning until it
comes time to show
ge. It truly is possible (and almost necessary) to create a classroom
where the students not
only learn but also enjoy their time there.
is quicker, retention is improved
Nguyen Thi Thanh Huyen and Khuat Thi
Thu Nga, authors of Learning
Vocabulary Through Games: The
Learning Through Games, Interviewed teacher
reported that their students
seemed to learn new
vocabulary more quickly and retain it better when
applied in a relaxed and comfortable environment such as while playing
ESL games. Since building vocabulary is the basis of learning how to
speak, understand and read a language this shows that
incorporating esl games into the classroom can do many things to
your students' success across the board.
Interest in Class
we all know that some students just
don't want to be in our class and even the best students can
get bored or lose
focus on occasion. Including
is a great way to get out of the rut of language drills, worksheets,
repetition and individual study. Fun ESL games
are a great way to revive students' interest in the class and
often also help
them absorb and retain more information than if they are simply
pass a test or complete an assignment.
DeBord, an Extension Specialist for Rural
Child Care at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
explains how competition can help students learn more. As long as no
one is forced to
competition can be positive and encourage player discovery, examination
the right type of
games can foster
this healthy, beneficial competition in the classroom.
Language in useful and meaningful Context
face it: it is one
thing to memorize a bunch of vocabulary words or be able to recite the
mechanics of a certain grammar rule, but actually putting these lessons
is another story. Games
solve for this
because they allow you to engage the entire class in activities that
practical use – and they are fun which can translate to
"meaningful" if you
have the right types of esl games.
When children get this meaningful and
contextual practice, the
becomes more vivid in their minds and they are better able to remember
they have learned and used.
In addition, the
confidence children gain with speaking skills means that they are far
likely to go out into the real world and actually use the language they
learned. This is
achieved through games
using meaningful repetition, spontaneous use of the language, and
think for themselves instead of being constantly spoon-fed.
pupils a break
children find it
stressful learning a new language, so using esl games as a vehicle to
grammar, vocabulary and the four skills can really help shy children
of their shells and allow any tension to dissipate.
Using the right games allows the teacher a
chance to give the
students a break from tedium or endless sitting, while maximizing the
opportunities in the available time.
The children will be so immersed in the
activity that they will not even
realize how much they are learning.
a student/teacher bond
as a teacher I'm sure you want
to build a bond with your students.
Playing games does this in so many
ways. You’ll be able
to show yourself as a person, not just a teacher,
as you cheer on and encourage your students to do well in the
game. Playing fun esl games also
creates a positive learning environment that allows children to enjoy
themselves and their
classmates. Furthermore, you can get to know your students on
a more personal level when you play (or
facilitate) a game with them.
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