Using Games in TEFL - A Case Study of “Meša Selimović” Elementary School in Sarajevo
The aim of this study was to examine the use of educational games in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) to young learners. The research was conducted in “Meša Selimović” elementary school in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The participants were three teachers of EFL and one third grade consisting of approximately 25 students ages 8-9. The research conducted proved the hypothesis that using games to teach EFL to young learners is a highly effective and enjoyable technique of language teaching/learning. The study was conducted in five stages using both quantitative and qualitative methods of research. The data was gathered by means of a class observation analysis, students’ poll, teachers’ interview and questionnaire, and a schoolbook analysis. The principal conclusion of the study is that educational games are an effective technique of teaching EFL to young learners and that it offers more positive learning outcomes than negative ones. Keywords: teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), English as a foreign language (EFL), educational games, young learners.
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