10 reasons to use games in language teaching
1.Games create a context for meaningful communication. 2. This meaningful communication serves as a basis for comprehensible input. 3. Games add interest to what learners find boring. 4. Games can be used with all language skills. 5. Games offer a fun experience. 6. Games encourage participation from all learners. 7. Games are learner-centered activities. 8. Games work outside of class. 9. Games promote cooperative learning. 10. Games fit into multiple intelligence theory.
Using Games in Teaching English to Young Learners: How to Choose a Game
Students may wish to play games purely for fun. Teachers need more convincing reasons. The key to a successful language game is that the rules are clear. The ultimate goal is well defined and the game must be fun.
Hints and Suggestions
When giving instructions to beginners, a few words in the mother tongue would be the quickest way to make everything clear. More English exposure is needed at a later stage. Games are best set up by demonstration rather than by lengthy explanation. It's very important not to play a game for too long. Students will begin to lose interest. It's best to stop a game.
Why Using Songs in the Classroom
There are many reasons for using songs and actions in the kindergarten classroom: They're memorable, they engage different types of learners, they channel energy effectively, they're enjoyable and help in managing the classroom.
4 Important Reasons for Including Music in the Classroom
1. Mental capacity and intellect. 2. Master of physical self, children develop coordination, which aids muscular development. 3. Development of the affective aspects. 4. Development of creativity.
Types of Songs
Original Songs: Created for native speakers. Good for teaching culture, but sometimes contain difficult vocabulary. Adapted Songs: Original songs adapted for non-native speakers. Nursery Rhymes: Original songs for very young native speakers which we can use for infant education. Chants: Short poems with rhythm created with a drum, with your own fingers, clapping...
Using Stories in Class: What Can Storytelling Offer?
Allow children to explore their own cultural roots, allow children to experience diverse cultures, enable children to empathize with unfamiliar people, offer insights into different traditions and values, and help children consider new ideas.
Other Benefits of Using Storytelling in the Classroom
Promote a feeling of well-being and relaxation, encourage active participation, increase verbal proficiency, and encourage the use of imagination and creativity.