Games in the ELT Classroom

Why use games for English language teaching?

For teachers, games can be education disguised as entertainment (stealth education).
For students, they're fun and engaging.
For young people, educational games and gaming can resemble the tools and toys they enjoy - social interaction, gaming, make-believe worlds.
On this site, it's simulations, games, and pastimes of different kinds that can be used in language teaching.

Our focus will be
  • Lesson planning
  • Teacher resources for offline, in-class activities
    • Classroom games for small groups (simulations and games; Tom Snyder)
    • Games for the whole class (simulations and games)
  • Online games/activities for individuals, pairs, or small groups (simulations; vocabulary and grammar games)
  • Teacher templates (Jeopardy, Who Wants to be a Millionaire)
Additional options
  • Learning spaces (The Sims, Edunation in Second Life)
  • Comics and animation tools (MakeBelieveComix, Xtranorml)
The key is to tie the game to the language goal and the curriculum. Most games are best played with others so that there is interaction with others and language use as part of playing the game.


Handout for the talk (PDF format)
PowerPoint for the talk (PDF format)

Last updated 28 April 2012 by D. Healey.