The Use of Games in the Language Classroom (74572)

Session Information: Curriculum Design & Learning Experiences
Session Chair: Alexander Reid

Saturday, 23 September 2023 14:35
Session: Session 3
Room: Room D (Live Stream)
Presentation Type:Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

Learning another language is an intentional and thoughtful process. It can also be quite challenging, especially when a student’s valid goal is to reach a certain level of proficiency. The multiliteracies framework explains that in today’s world meaning is constructed in ways that are increasingly multimodal (Cope and Kalantzis, 2015). One example from the language classroom is when students play a game, and in the process make use of different learning experiences – visual, auditory, verbal.
A pedagogical approach that involves games in language teaching can be beneficial for the development of additional skills – problem solving, risk taking and creative thinking (Emerson et al., 2020). Simultaneously, it promotes more language use and production. An important aspect of a good game is its originality and character, because it provides depth and richness to a player’s experience (Moriarity and Kay, 2019; Figueroa Flores, 2015). A good game leaves the student with the ability to discuss and evaluate the overall happening.
My presentation will focus on two games that can be modified in multiple ways – Bingo and Trivia. These games are perhaps the most long-standing in many language classrooms, for practicing numbers, vocabulary and more (Colgan, 1988; Crawford, 2002). I find that the competitive atmosphere of the game raises students’ motivation and participation levels, improves their focus and helps them interact more in the target language.

Authors:
Orit Yeret, Yale University, United States


About the Presenter(s)
Orit Yeret is a Senior Lector in Modern Hebrew. M.A. in Comparative Literature & Creative Writing, University of Haifa. Certified to teach Hebrew as a Second Language, Hebrew College, Boston. Taught at Bard College, NY and Vanderbilt University, TN.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00