Teaching with games
Games Engage People.
Making learning fun motivates students and helps them pay attention and stay focused on the subject. One reason to promote educational games is to encourage students to learn outside of class. Young adults will go out of their way to play games, even a single game, for hours on end. There is also evidence that games allow students to focus well enough to learn better. Lepper and Cordova, 1992 have found that rewriting a lesson with a story context combined with a challenge for the student to overcome (in other words, making it into a game) significantly improves the learning performance of children. Here I would like to talk about three games are interesting at the English class especially with kids .
1.Guess the flashcard
This game is very simple but very effective. While holding a hidden set of flashcards in your hands, slowly reveal them one at a time while the students guess what it is. The child who guesses correctly gets to keep the flashcards – something they absolutely love – and the child with the most flashcards at the end is the winner!
2.Find the color
This game is a fantastic way to teach colors and is extremely popular with younger students. The rules are pretty simple, gather all the students together and call out ‘find something….’ The children then have to run around the classroom and touch something that’s the same color. This is a great way to get the children moving, active and engaged. Plus, it can be pretty funny when they find the color on you!
For this game, you need to have two sets of matching flashcards or a set of pictures and corresponding words. Simply place all the cards face down on the floor and have the children take turns picking two cards until they match a pair. Children love this game and I’ve found it engages even the most easily distracted students. Again, it can be adapted to teach lots of different vocabularies .