GAMES FOR TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
By Anna Sárosdi and Ágnes
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
- the necessary facilities (computer/internet)
- the level of proficiency
- the skills to be practiced
GAMES FOR BEGINNERS
- Wacky Web Tales
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. 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!
intermediate and advanced, internet is necessary. Here
is an example of what you can find 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.
- Free Sample
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!