The brain loves games. It loves them too, in fact. But where do you find good games that help you learn? There are many choices in the market. Okay, here is my list:
Learning through games is proven to be a fun way to learn. That’s why more and more people are opting for learning games over other methods. You can choose to learn Spanish, learn Math, learn Jacket Riverine, learn Through the Ages, learn Science, language, and geography without boring math, and so on.
And it is so much fun! I’ve played many learning games and have found that playing fun games helps a lot. It’s like I am now a kid again chasing my toys and I just love to play! Learning through games is so much fun; you not only need to learn Spanish, but it’s a guaranteed game that your kids will learn Spanish through at the same time they are having fun.
There are many Spanish learning games that are available for free online. Some of them are very simple and suitable for beginners. If you want a more difficult yet interesting game then you can try the mahjong tiles game. This game is actually one of the earliest games that were invented and are still being played online as well as in computer games.
Here’s a tip: You can start with mahjong tiles and play it safe until you have mastered it. Otherwise, you will have to give up and start from the beginning again.
A vocabulary game is a fun way to increase your vocabulary and skills. These games can be adapted from time to time, you can play by yourself or with others; here are some suitable ones for beginners:
- Clean, prepare, then play – Teachers usually assign a topic and a vocabulary list to students to study. For example, for Spanish vocabulary, the list might be Chile, Argentina, Peru, California, Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Make sure that you and your students have prepared an appropriate number of vocabulary items.
- Words with friends – You and your students can play a word game/row for words. Play it with the rest of the class or make it competitive. The students who have the highest vocabulary scores in the group will be the winners.
- I Spy – Import a list of Spanish words and synonyms for each Spanish word. Then have your students find the word and write in English what that word means. The words that have the English translation will be marked with X. The winners of this version of the game will be the students who have the most Spanish words with English translations!
- row for me or row for you – have a line of students with their back to the class teacher. Ask a student to come forward and sit down on a chair. If the student sits down, but keeps his back to the teacher, directing the teacher to him/her will be the best way to get him/her to return to being part of the class.
- Give a silent prayer – This can be adapted from the “Prayer for the Arts” program by Robertakers and Ferguson (ederland2006). The teacher gives the class a large poster of a picture. Each student is to draw something that fits in the picture and says some verse about the picture. You have to give the word that best fits the context the students are learning and tell them which picture is not acceptable. For example: Don’t let what lies in the picture deter you, stay strong and keep faith in the picture.
- Write a poem about the picture – this is a favourite of all students, and can be a great P-P-P- poem for the beginner writer. All students will feel free to write poetry, and the standard is the introduction of the word upon which the poem is based.
- Draw a crowd or scene from the picture. – Again, lead the students through the verse and have them draw the people and what they may be thinking about when they see the picture. This is a great poem for the beginner.
- Relate the picture to what is happening in the lesson. – In layman’s terms, the lesson is the diagram of the event. You need to connect the events or ideas in the lesson to the larger world picture that you are teaching.
- What does the picture tell you about what is going on in the world?
These are just a few of the questions you can ask your students. The goal is to make your students an active participants in their own learning, rather than passive listeners who are going to regurgitate what the teacher says in the hope that it might help them to understand the material.