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ERIC Number: EJ923456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
Livening up College English Classes with Games
Cervantes, Emerita P.
English Teaching Forum, v47 n3 p20-25, 38 2009
According to Martin (2000), English-language instructors should be careful about monopolizing a class with too much teacher-talk--for speaking and writing activities, more than 15 percent of the time is probably excessive. Teacher-centered lessons featuring lectures on sentence structure and how to write effective paragraphs are bound to create passive students who do not take an active role in class. Clearly, English classes need to be more interactive to keep students interested in the lessons. After ten years of teaching the author has learned that English need not be a boring subject; on the contrary, it can be fun if teachers supplement the formal lessons with alternative methods and techniques. In this article the author shows how teachers can easily adapt available games and develop new ones to add some fun and excitement to the learning process. In addition, she reports on feedback from her students regarding how they feel about the use of games in the ESL classroom. (Contains 1 note.)
US Department of State. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, SA-5, 2200 C Street NW 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20037. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Philippines