Teaching English Vocabulary Using Games

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|Vol 36 No 1, January - March 1998 Page 20|PREVIOUS ... CONTENTS ... SEARCH ... NEXT | | |The Use of Games | | | |For Vocabulary Presentation and Revision | | | |by Agnieszka Uberman | | | | |Vocabulary acquisition is increasingly viewed as crucial to language acquisition. | | | | | |However, there is much disagreement as to the effectiveness of different approaches for | | | | | |presenting vocabulary items. Moreover, learning vocabulary…show more content…
As French Allen perceives them, dictionaries are "passports to independence," and using them is| | | |one of the student-centered learning activities (1983:83). | | | | | | | | | | | |Using games | | | |The advantages of using games. Many experienced textbook and methodology manuals writers have argued that | | | |games are not just time-filling activities but have a great educational value. W. R. Lee holds that most | | | |language games make learners use the language instead of thinking about learning the correct forms (1979:2). | | | |He also says that games should be treated as central not peripheral to the foreign language teaching | | | |programme. A similar opinion is expressed by Richard-Amato, who believes games to be fun but warns against | | | |overlooking their pedagogical value, particularly in foreign language teaching. There are many advantages of | | | |using games. "Games can lower anxiety, thus making the acquisition of input more likely" (Richard-Amato | | | |1988:147). They are highly motivating and
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