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ERIC Number: ED421878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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Creating Games for Emerging English Speakers: Language & Content Reinforcement Activities.
Collier, Catherine
This paper discusses the use of games, role playing, and simulation to teach English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) learners, particularly to reinforce new knowledge or expand emerging knowledge and skills. An introductory section looks at game theory and the ways in which it can inform the construction of classroom activities. Distinctions are made between games, role-playing, and simulation, their purposes, and the way in which they can influence individual learner behavior and classroom interaction. A set of card games designed to supplement content lessons at any grade level are then presented. The three basic games use a set of specially prepared language development card decks designed for bilingual and ESL instruction, and each deck is intended to reinforce or help assess specific language learning concepts or content. Instructions for preparing the card decks are given, and classroom uses of the games for teaching and assessment are discussed briefly. The three games are then described in detail, including card deck composition, learner grouping, the object of the game, dealing procedures, and game strategy. Sample cards are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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