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Games for English lessons
Learning opportunities of classroom games in English lessons are well-known. Many teachers justifably take notice to the efficiency of their use. Games help to make an English lesson more interesting and exciting. Fun activities in the classroom not only organize the process of communicating in English, but also bring it closer to natural communication. Games for English classes develop the intellectual activity. As a complex and exciting experience, ESL games require concentration, train memory, develop speaking. Games and activities in English lessons captivate even the most passive and poorly prepared learners.
Using games for English lessons makes the educational process more informative and of higher quality, because:
- games draw each English student to a cognitive process, becoming an effective tool of controlling the learning process;
- games involve English learners in a vigorous activity, during which up to 90% of the information is assimilated;
- competitiveness is an integral part of a game in English classes, which encourages learners to achieve good results;
- during a classroom game in English, each learner is given the opportunity of self-expression, self-determination and self-development.
In English lessons, it is necessary to create a kind of situational twists and turns, in which learners are forced to activate their creative abilities, to mobilize their attention, spur their memory under the influence of emotional experience of events. In order to create such situations in the classroom, the teacher must comply with three principles: creating a language-rich environment, constant monitoring and stimulating success.
Many teachers know, from their own experience, how it is difficult to create a favourable psychological atmosphere in the classroom, which allow learners to overcome shyness for freely communicating in English, and to reduce the fear of mistakes. The opportunity for success is a very important factor of stimulating communication in the classroom.
ESL Games are based on the principles of teamwork, practical utility, competitiveness, maximum occupancy of each learners and unlimited prospects of creative activity. Games in English classes develop logical thinking, the ability to search for answers to posed questions, the speaking etiquette, the ability to communicate with each other.
English games take a special place in the process of active learning, being both a method and a form of training. Games in English allow to use all the levels of of learning.