Why this approach is important

Games tend to be playful, which does not always fit well with some ideas about teaching and learning. But recent research shows that if learners are interested in what they learn and it is matched to their needs, interest and ability, they will achieve more. Games are a very good way to capture your students’ attention and interest, and they encourage creativity, collaboration and communication.

Games are also useful as, in order to participate and to succeed, students:

  • need to show their knowledge or develop their understanding quite quickly in order to win
  • are encouraged to compete – that can be healthy and motivating, but it is important to stress that just taking part and thinking is as important
  • build individual confidence
  • learn to take turns and develop other group social skills
  • gain insight into their own understandings
  • develop different skills and roles
  • obtain immediate feedback about their performance
  • share their ideas and so deepen their understanding.

What you can learn in this unit

1 Types of game