The Role of literacy games in building language acquisition skills in ELL students




Larmour, Brent

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Games have been shown to be an integral part of the learning process – helping students to engage and connect with subject material. Constructive, purposeful games can be a component to effective English language learning lessons. This project identifies ways to help struggling readers gain confidence and skills in their reading ability through the use of authentic, social, and interactive games. The project explores, with both the literature review and a discussion of five language games created by the author, the importance that games can play in literacy acquisition. The games presented are the Donut game, Bull's-eye, Little and Big Phonics Find, Alphabet Bingo and What's This? I hope this research will open a dialogue about the use of games and experiential learning in supporting struggling readers in the classroom.



literacy games, reading skills, ESL students