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Yet, as Lee observes, a game "should not be regarded as a marginal activity filling in odd moments when the teacher and class have nothing better to do" (1979:3).Games ought to be at the heart of teaching foreign languages.Furthermore, to quote Richard-Amato, they, "add diversion to the regular classroom activities," break the ice, "[but also] they are used to introduce new ideas" (197). Silvers says many teachers are enthusiastic about using games as "a teaching device," yet they often perceive games as mere time-fillers, "a break from the monotony of drilling" or frivolous activities.In the easy, relaxed atmosphere which is created by using games, students remember things faster and better (Wierus and Wierus 198). He also claims that many teachers often overlook the fact that in a relaxed atmosphere, real learning takes place, and students use the language they have been exposed to and have practised earlier (19).One of the best ways of doing this is through games.' ' There are many advantages of using games in the classroom: 1. Games help students to make and sustain the effort of learning. Games provide language practice in the various skills- speaking, writing, listening and reading. They encourage students to interact and communicate. They create a meaningful context for language use.' ' Many experienced textbook and methodology manuals writers have argued that games are not just time-filling activities but have a great educational value. He also says that games should be treated as central not peripheral to the foreign language teaching programme.Games are a welcome break from the usual routine of the language class. A similar opinion is expressed by Richard-Amato, who believes games to be fun but warns against overlooking their pedagogical value, particularly in foreign language teaching. "Games can lower anxiety, thus making the acquisition of input more likely" (Richard-Amato 197).
All authors referred to in this article agree that even if games resulted only in noise and entertained students, they are still worth paying attention to and implementing in the classroom since they motivate learners, promote communicative competence, and generate fluency.' ' Games have been shown to have advantages and effectiveness in learning vocabulary in various ways.
(Lewis, 1999) * Games add variation to a lesson and increase motivation by providing a plausible incentive to use the target language.
For many children between four and twelve years old, especially the youngest, language learning will not be the key motivational factor. (Lewis, 1999) * The game context makes the foreign language immediately useful to the children. (Lewis, 1999) * The game makes the reasons for speaking plausible even to reluctant children.
The learners want to take part and in order to do so must understand what others are saying or have written, and they must speak or write in order to express their own point of view or give information.' ' The need for meaningfulness in language learning has been accepted for some years.
A useful interpretation of 'meaningfulness' is that the learners respond to the content in a definite way.
Effort is required at every moment and must be maintained over a long period of time.