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Teaching ESL using Games and Activities

Make learning ESL fun and interesting by including games and activities in your lesson plan with this free online course

Publisher: Nikolas John Cakebread
The language barrier poses a lot of difficulties in one’s ability to communicate and express oneself. Learning a second language can be tasking and requires lots of effort and constant practice thereby making the learning process boring to students. This free online course is designed for ESL teachers around the world seeking to employ a more interesting and fun method to facilitate learning using interactive games and activities.
Teaching ESL using Games and Activities
  • Duration

    1.5-3 Hours
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Children are very unique with varied personalities and peculiar learning styles. It’s your responsibility as an ESL teacher to take into account the individual personality and learning style of your students and be able to devise means of encouraging your students to learn with regard to their learning style and ability. You will learn in this course the general overview and understanding of incorporating games as an integral part of the learning process for young and older learners of the English language. You will understand that when children learn their first language, they listen more than trying to speak. They watch mummy and daddy and copy them with actions like grabbing, touching, holding, looking, hitting, etc. Integrating games and activities in class will help recreate the early learning environment that they used to build their first language. Using games can encourage many learner types to sustain their interest and motivate them to learn. You will learn the three major learning styles and how to use this knowledge to observe, identify and understand your students so as to be able to plan your lesson to modify your teaching and to provide the appropriate activities to suit a particular learner group at various levels. You will then learn the numerous advantages of using games to teach and the importance of knowing when to use games and how to choose games and interesting activities for your class.

Furthermore, you will learn different games, methods, and rules applicable to each game. You will learn what each game stands for and the aim of using any game as each game has its specific purpose and your aim is to be able to achieve that purpose at the end of the game. For example, using ‘days of the week’ to get the students acquainted with the days of the week. You can use games to teach your students different topics and to build their vocabulary. Games such as the ‘greeting game’ can be used to get them to ask questions and encourage student-to-student interaction. You can also use games as a reward system and motivation to speaking loudly and clearly in the classroom. This will make your students eager and willing to participate with enthusiasm. Most children learn best when they work together as a team. Games such as ’passing pairs’ will encourage students to actively participate in cooperative group learning and promote teamwork. You will also learn how to use games such as the ABC song to teach your younger learners and students who learn best by tunes and lyrics. There are many games which you can use to spark interest to learn among your students. However, the student's interests and ability to participate fully in the games and activities largely depends on your level of excitement and enthusiasm. You must be excited and very enthusiastic in order to be able to get your students really interested in learning. If you are bored, the children will be bored. Children naturally are energetic and as teachers, devising means to channel this energy towards learning should be your focus. Using the same game all the time is not sustainable. You will learn how to add variations to games to make them more exciting. You will learn in this course, how to use any game in more than one way to achieve success. Adding variation to a game determines the success, longevity, and usefulness of games to your class.

Learning becomes significant and congenial when it is spiced up with fun activities and games. This course is designed for innovative, creative, fun-loving ESL teachers who are looking for more delightful means of teaching their students in order to secure optimum results. By taking this course, you will amass a wealth of knowledge of different games and activities that you can employ to engineer effective learning and guarantee students’ success and you will be able to creatively design your own game, methods and rules that will be suitable for your students. Start this course today!

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