Research Supports the Use of Games to Promote Language Learning

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. 


Our Recommendations Based on the Research:


 Check out the Stompn' Grammar Chant in the preview. (All ages/All grades.)


Spin the spinner and create sentences by piecing together the colored word or phrase cards you collect. (1st grade to Adult)

A great tool for reviewing language structure and use (2nd grade to Adult).



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Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
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