10 great classroom activities language teachers can do with games (in addition to helping students speak while playing!)

 

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  • Author: Jonathan deHaan
  • Peer-reviewed: βœ…
  • Peer-reviewers: Terry Fredrickon, Marc Jones, Esther Park, Dustin Staat, Ben Thanyawatpokin, James York, Mona Zawdeh.
  • Date of publication: 2020/05/07
  • Keywords: Activities, after a game, any game, before a game, CLT, discussion, during a game, lesson plan, materials, mediation, multiliteracies, planning, PPP, reflecting, scaffolding, TBLT, teacher script
  • Cite: deHaan, J. (2020). 10 great classroom activities language teachers can do with games (in addition to helping students speak while playing!). Ludic Language Pedagogy (2), 70-74.

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Hi, language teachers! :) You’re using games to help students speak, right? Great! I’ve shared #10greatactivities and #freematerials you can use in your class today! What do you think? #gamebasedlearning #top10list #helpingteachers #realgamification

Key points

  • πŸ“ What is this? This is a list of 10 activities that teachers can use before, during and after games in class. There are teaching scripts and free materials for each.
  • πŸ“ Why did you make it? I think a lot of teachers use games for speaking practice, which is great, but there are many more things that can be done with games. I’d like to help. I’d like teachers to share their activities and materials, too!
  • πŸ“ Why is it radical? These activities work with any game (video game, board game, traditional game .. anything!). Lots of websites list β€œgreat games” but not many share research-tested teaching materials. These materials tap into the power teachers have to help learners before, during and after games.
  • πŸ“ Who is it for? Any teacher, any student, any classroom context.

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