GAMES FOR TEACHING
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
By Anna Sárosdi
and Ágnes Albert
On this page we have collected some games that
could be used for teaching English as a second language. Each one is provided
with a little description on
- the necessary facilities (computer/Internet)
- the level of proficiency
- the skills to be practiced
GAMES FOR BEGINNERS
with the help of the internet even beginners
can create crazy tales by typing in a couple of nouns verbs and adjectives.
Some of the tales are based on well-known children songs and nursery rhymes
so they give the students a chance to learn some of these as well, apart
from practicing spelling and reading. Internet is needed to play the game.
You can check out the kind of tales
that can be created and the way the tales
are put together!
GAMES FOR INTERTMEDIATE STUDENTS
Word Search Puzzles
are fun for beginner, intermediate and advanced students alike! (Athough
usually there are too many sophisticated words, probably causing difficulties
for beginners!) No computer or Internet is needed for this game - on the
part of the students - as these puzzles can be downloaded and printed out
for the students. There are numerous puzzles on different subject areas,
easy ones and more difficult ones as well, depending on the subject. Here
are some puzzles for you to try on the subject areas of bones,
fruits, and vegetables.
requires access to the Internet and some interest in etymology on the
part of intermediate or advanced students. You can guess the origin of
some rather peculiar phrases, which gives the possibility to learn the
phrase at the same time as well. A fun way of building vocabulary! If you
are interested take a look at this example!
- The Case
is the Internet version of the well-known game "Crack the Case".
It is a great way of pacticing reading for intermediate and advanced students
who like solving mysteries. Since the cases can be downloaded from the
Internet no computer is necessary for this game. The cases found here are
not only fun to read, but can be "turned into" classroom activities
as well, initiating discussion thus practicing speaking and listening.
For all you mystery-lovers out there, here
is a case for you, and this is the solution!
invites players to join a team sent by the American Government to explore
and make a report on China. To do this the team members have access to
a number of documents (pictures, passages from works on literature, history,
religions, and other aspects of Chinese culture). ChinaQuest could be turned
into a classroom game, as well. In that case the whole class could participate,
perfecting their communication skills. The game is ideal at intermediate
and advanced level. Should you wish to find out more about the game have
a look at this site!
GAMES FOR ADVANCED STUDENTS
is a vocabulary building game for advanced
students only (originally created for native speakers prepairing for their
SAT). Since this is not a free software the game can only be ordered at
this site, so not a lot of useful information is avaliable here, apart
from a free demo disk that can be downloaded (unfortunately we had some
difficulties with that too!). For those who are still interested, here
are the subject areas: Rooty Hoot Hoot - multiple Greek and Latin roots,
Word Wave - word families, Word Web -
single roots, Word Ogees - analogies and SynOpps - synonyms/antonyms.
Sample Edutainment Games
Here is a site where you can find games
for all levels and different skills. These games do not require a computer
or the Internet, but you can also order the commercial version of the selected
games at this address. If you do not have time to start searching on the
web, we have downloaded a copy of the
page for you!
Among a collection of classroom activities you can also find a couple
of fun games (eg. riddles) that can be used for teaching English. If you
are too lazy to visit the site, click here!
HAVE FUN! ENJOY!