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ERIC Number: ED299820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Pages: 19
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Communication Games--Are They Really Effective?
Matheidesz, Maria
An experiment investigated the effectiveness of communication games in monolingual classes in English as a second language (ESL). It studied the reactions of both teachers and students to the regular use of the games, and the ways in which the games fostered language learning. Four Hungarian teachers of English used the technique with seven groups of teenaged ESL students for whom English was the second foreign language. Eight games were used. Six practiced one language function, describing people, and two were traditional board games. Teachers were encouraged to use the games in any way they chose, and discussed the games often with the experimenter. Class sessions were observed and recorded for analysis and questionnaires were administered to students and teachers. Preliminary conclusions include the following: games have great motivating force; communication games provide good opportunity for natural student interaction in unpredictable situations; this type of game can be used effectively with monolingual groups; error rates are similar to those in controlled practice exercises, but more errors are left uncorrected; teachers do not fully exploit the potential of language games in the classroom; and such games force teachers to change their role and give more time and space for students. Game descriptions/instructions are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (22nd, Edinburgh, Scotland, April 11-14, 1988).