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Why games are elemental in a language classroom

The New Times – Christine Osae

“Traditional teachers hold a common perception that all learning should be serious and solemn in nature and that if one is having fun and there is hilarity and laughter, it is not really learning. However, the field of language teaching has seen a drastic change moving from the classic educational model, where teaching is deemed a ‘serious’ matter, to the most flexible and communicative approaches upon which contemporary methods are based. Subsequently, a funny, low anxiety atmosphere in the classroom has become a prerequisite to effective learning. One of the best ways of inducing this atmosphere is through games. Many experienced textbook and methodology manual writers have argued that games are not just time-filling activities but have a great educational value. For this reason, they should be treated as central, not peripheral to the foreign language teaching.”(more)

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