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Description Games provide meaningful and enjoyable language practice at all levels and for all age groups. They can be used to practise any of the skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing - at any stage of the learning process, from controlled repetition through guided practice to free expression. To enable teachers to select the activities most suitable for their needs, precise information is provided, both at the beginning of each game and in the summary chart, about the language content, the skills to be practised, the level, the degree of teacher-control, and the time and materials required.
Clear advice is given on preparation and classroom procedure, with many illustrations and examples.
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Classroom Management Techniques Jim Scrivener. Games for Language Learning Andrew Wright. Lessons from Nothing Bruce Marsland. Keep Talking Friederike Klippel. Planning Lessons and Courses Tessa Woodward. Drama Techniques Alan Maley. Language Learning with Technology Graham Stanley. Teach Business English Sylvie Donna. If there is to be competition between groups, they should be of mixed ability. If there is to be no such challenge, the teacher might choose groups according to ability: this is very much a personal choice.
Many teachers consider it advisable to have a group leader.
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However, it is our experience that groups can operate perfectly well without a group leader. The leader would normally be one of the more able learners. However, there is much to be said for encouraging a reticent learner by giving the responsibility to him or her. What about mistakes? Thus, although some mistakes of grammar or pronunciation or idiom may be made in pair or group work, the price is worth paying.
If the learners are clear about what they have to do and the language is not beyond them, there need be few mistakes. If you have not organised group work before, then it is advisable to work slowly towards it. First of all, make the learners familiar with work in pairs. Finally, after perhaps several weeks, ask the rows of learners to group themselves together to play a game between themselves.
To minimise difficulties, it is essential that the learners are very familiar with the games they are asked to play. It is helpful if they are familiar with the game in their own language. Types of game Being aware of the essential character of a type of game see below and the way in which it engages the learner can be helpful in the adaptation of games or the creation of new games.
The games in this edition of the book are grouped according to their family type within each of the eight sections. The family name is always a verb. In every case this verb refers to the mental engagement on the part of the learners. The use of language arises out of the way the learner is engaged. These games relate more to invitation than to challenge. The origin of this established phrase is the title of the classic book written by Gertrude Moskowitz, Caring and Sharing in the Foreign Language Class Newbury House See games 1.
See, for example, games 3.
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See, for example, games 2. DESCRIBE The learner is challenged to describe something to another learner, by speaking or writing, so well that the other learner can do something, for example, draw a picture. The learner may describe something objectively or subjectively, communicating his or her own feelings and associations. He or she uses language to describe or comment on the pairs or groups of information.
ORDER The learner is challenged to put various bits of information into an order of quality and importance, subjectively or objectively, or to put texts, pictures, objects, into a developmental sequence, also subjectively or objectively.
See, for example, games 5. CREATE The learner is challenged or invited to make a story, write a poem or produce some other kind of material using their imagination. Learning styles are not considered to be exclusive. For example, the same person may sometimes want to be analytical and at other times may want to be creative. However, each person will probably have preferences.
In any one class there can be many different preferences. The teacher is like a gardener responsible for many different types of plant, some requiring a lot of sunshine and others shade, some requiring pruning and others to be left alone. You can treat all your plants in the same way and watch some die while others flourish, or you can try to offer a range of different approaches and give succour to each and all of them. Visual Some people respond best of all to information which is seen: pictures, writing, diagrams, etc.
Note also: colour, size, design, etc. Auditory Other people might respond to information which is heard: dialogues, songs, rhythm, etc. Kinaesthetic Others might need to move and to touch in order to learn efficiently. Analytical Some people like to analyse language forms, looking for rules. Cooperative Some people like to work with others.
Individual Some people prefer to work by themselves. Serious Some people can concentrate better if the approach is serious.
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Amusing Some people concentrate better if there is an element of humour and lightness in the experience. Dramatic Some people experience and absorb language associated with drama and story telling. They are too sceptical. It must be a genuinely engaging activity. It is essential that all the students know what to do before you let them go into pair or group work.
The students will just turn off. But the biggest mistake is not to speak at all, so group work and pair work are essential.