Language learning is not easy. It takes time and effort. Games can sustain students’ interest and work so they ought to be at the heart of teaching the foreign language. Perhaps they are often used as short warm-up activities or when there is some time left at the end of a lesson, but they should be used at all stages of the lesson, provided that they are suitable and carefully chosen.
There are many benefits of using games in EFL classes. These are seven of them
- Games break the usual routine of the language class as they are fun, and children like to play them.
- Games motivate and challenge learners as they add variation to a lesson and increase motivation by providing a plausible incentive to use the target language.
- Games provide language practice in the various skills: speaking, writing, listening and reading as they create a meaningful context for language use. They also encourage creative and spontaneous use of the language
- Games make the foreign language immediately useful to the children as they bring it to life and make the reasons for speaking even to reluctant children.
- Games encourage students to interact and communicate with their environment. Through games children experiment, discover, and learn English the way children learn their mother tongue without being aware they are studying; thus, without stress, so they can learn a lot.
- Games make classroom students-centered as in the game context, teacher acts only as facilitator while whole class participate and involve in healthy competition. Even shy students can participate positively.
- Games reinforce and review language items as they help learners recall material in a pleasant, entertaining way.
- Games can focus on grammar communicatively and promote using language structures in real-life situations.
Even if games resulted in noise, they are still worth paying attention to and implementing in the EFL classes since they motivate learners, promote communicative competence, and generate fluency.
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