A Research Study: Using Games during the English Language Classes – Students’ Perspectives –

Autor: prof. Adina Enăşoaei
Şcoala Gimnazială Coşteiu, jud. Timiş

In order to find out my pupils’ opinion about games and see what part they play in their learning activity, I conducted a research study in March 2015, using the questionnaire as a main technique. It was made up of five questions and it was meant to find out if children enjoy playing games during the English classes.
All my students in the 3rd and 4th forms, that is 43 pupils, answered these questions. My pupils were happy to answer the questionnaire because they liked the topic and had the chance to express themselves, writing exactly what they thought. They were allowed to resort to their mother tongue as well, being beginner level students in English, since the purpose of this activity was not for them to write in this language in an accurate way, but the one mentioned earlier in this paragraph. The questions asked were the following:
1. Do you like playing games during the English classes? If yes, why is that?
2. How often would you like games to be used during English classes?
3. Which are your favourite games?
4. At what stage of the lesson do you enjoy playing games?
5. Do you play games during other classes?
The pupils answered unanimously that they liked games, some of them emphasized the fact that they liked them very much. The reasons for that were different: some of them stated that games made them relax, others that they forgot about everything around them and only focused on the progress of the ludic activities. Other children had the feeling that time passed faster when they were involved in such activities. Some of them believed that they actually “skipped” activities that should be done during the English class, more boring in their opinion. (Question 1)
The majority of my students stated that they wanted games to be played every time we met, that is in each class. The rest of them expressed their wish to use these activities once a week, that is once in two classes. None of the children mentioned that they would not like to play games at all. This proves that they respond well to these activities and, therefore, playful activities are recommended, since they satisfy the learners’ needs, and so, they can be implemented successfully. Games are good ways of teaching. In order to let students do (not just listen), I think that we, teachers, should use more games to help them to learn how to use the language (Question 2). (fragment)