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Engaging Students with Meaningful Communicative Activities

Ian Bosiak

Everybody loves a good game, but how often do we critically think about the fun activities we plan for our classes? Games should not only be fun but should also be connected to the lesson. In fact, it should be part of the lesson. In this workshop, we will explore how games can be used in an effective and meaningful way to promote communication in the classroom. We will examine the elements of a good game and discuss practical ways in which teachers can critically examine the games they design and lead in their classrooms. After considering the elements of a good game, we will learn and play a variety of games that can be used as a part of a lesson for each of the four language skills.