As part of my English ECA this term, students have been introduced to various board games. One of them is Scrabble. Students put letters together to form words scoring points for themselves. There are many of benefits of playing this word game, notably spelling and the use of known and new vocabulary. Students also develop the social skills of taking turns, patience, and fairness.
What I see my students enjoy the most is their usage of high frequency words (Dolch Sight Words). Playing Scrabble helps them strengthen their English communication skills and fosters competitiveness and confidence among them. As an ESL teacher, I believe Scrabble would provide ways for students and teachers to expand their verbal repertoire. Furthermore, it is a pleasant way for students to learn words for their English classes.
While playing Scrabble, the use of an online dictionary (iPad) has proven to be essential for my students when searching for a word or checking its proper spelling. Exploring the digital dictionary exposes them to new vocabulary and its definitions, as well as 21st century research skills. Online dictionaries speak the word for students to practice their pronunciation, as well as show synonyms and antonyms. When the students form a questionable word, they have to check the dictionary to see if these word actually exists, and in some instances, it does!
Scrabble lightens the mood and allows the students to de-stress after a long day and enjoy their second language experience in a fun way.