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TESOL Videos - Productive and Receptive Skills in the ESL Classroom - Games In The Classroom
Throughout section on the teaching of productive skills and the teaching of receptive skills our activate activities will usually involve some form of game and our final consideration here will be the use of games in the classroom. We can start with a definition of what we actually mean by a game and it basically has three components. A game is an activity that has rules it should have for its purpose in the classroom a teaching point and by nature to the fact that it's a game it should also include an element of fun. So that will be our working definition for a game that we're going to use in the classroom. There are many different types of games and they range between the competitive and those will require cooperation and there are all sorts of games that involve both of these together. So, what we'll do is to consider two well-known games from a long list that we could give, such as Scrabble, Monopoly, Tic-Tac-Toe, Jeopardy, and so on and so forth. We'll have a look at those two games and see how they can be adapted for classroom use.
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It was very interesting to watch the two examples. Even though I was just a spectator it was even hard for me to watch the first lesson as the teachers attitude came through on screen. In the first lesson I had a hard time trying to understand what it was the teacher wanted from the students. He did not make the outcome clear, nor give the students any examples. His instructions were not easy to follow and He clearly was not engaged with the students. He was also talking very fast, myself as a native english speaker had a hard time understanding some of the words he was saying. The students were not able to produce the animal in the activate stage as there were no clear instructions, but beyond that the outcome and theme of the lesson were not clear. I wasn't sure what the teacher was trying to teach them. The students looks confused, defeated and overall intimated. The students in the second lesson were actively engaged and smiling, they were free to make mistakes. The engage activity allowed for a great transition into the study activity. I thought it was very effective to show pictures of the animals to check understanding prior to moving on to the next stage. Which I think created a successful study activity, the students were correctly able to use can or can't based on the animal and the verb. After they went through it a few times their understanding for the verbs grew and you could see their understanding. Without this understanding the Activate stage would have been unsuccessful. I appreciated how the teacher acted some of the movement verbs to encourage student vocalisation and to check for understanding. When class was over the students look energised, encouraged and happy.