Teaching ESL students to use a dictionary with dictionary games helps bridge the controversy behind dictionary use in ESL classes. If students are going to use them regardless of the teacher’s advice, it is better to teach them how to use this resource in the proper way. Furthermore, many TESOL experts agree that a dictionary can help ESL students continue to develop all their macro skills.
Bringing games into an ESL lesson can be an effective way to engage and motivate students in the sometimes less than exciting task of language learning. There are some excellent resources for language games in TESOL textbooks, in ESL course books, and on internet sites. Many students and teachers enjoy games in the classroom, but does fun mean that games are always a good activity to include when planning instruction? When are games appropriate? Are there times when games aren’t appropriate?
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