This post is a reflection on games and their influence on the ESL.
I found this list of comments in a course I did and I found them interesting:
‘It helps to pass the time quickly.’
‘I like to compete against other people and win.’
‘I like to test my knowledge and skill.’
‘It’s fun – it’s a great way to spend time with people and you can have a laugh together.’
‘It’s interesting because your mind is focused on solving a problem.’
‘You can forget about your day-to-day problems.’
As you can see from the comments above, people often enjoy playing games because they are fun or because they are challenging. Playing games in the classroom is worthwhile for the same reasons: they add extra interest, challenge and fun to the lesson. But unlike games outside the classroom, they also have a language focus. In other words, they either give practice in a specific language area (grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, spelling) or they develop a language skill (speaking, writing, reading, listening), or a combination of these.
So, classroom games can help us teach and engage students in learning English.
What do you think?