ERIC Number: ED119530
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Communicating in English: The Value of Certain Language Games.
Lee, William R.
Language learners want to communicate with others about the sort of things that interest them. Nearly everybody is interested in playing games. Many language games are kept going by communication and break down if communication itself does so. Four types of game are described to illustrate this point: guessing games, certain number games, games affording practice of the use of a piece of syntax, and "Alibi." In such games the language learners are eager to communicate with one another. Not all useful language games are of this kind, nor is communicative practice obtainable in this way only. Some games appeal to adults, others to children. Adults prefer to see the linguistic point of a game. In a foreign language learning situation, communicative games can play a very important role, but even in a second language learning situation (in which the language is met with in daily life outside the school) they can be valuable. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the International Congress of the Federation Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes (12th, Washington, D.C.,November, 1975); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document