November 1, 2013
By Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen, Ed.D.
There is a growing body of research that supports the use of games to promote language learning (for example, Charlton, Williams, & McLaughlin, 2005; Sorayaie Azar, 2012). It is suggested that games lower anxiety associated with learning another language and provide the opportunity for engaging oral discussions and interaction in a meaningful context (Lee, 1979; Wierus & Weirus, 1994). Another recent study (Sadeghi & Sharifi, 2013) of adult beginning English learners found that playing games and engaging in role-play activities to learn vocabulary in the second language were more effective than a speaking activity and a story writing activity for vocabulary acquisition. Research points to the promising practice of having students play games to learn language as they learn content.
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