Journal of Foreign Language Education and Technology

The Impact of Video Games in the Acquisition of English Language: The Case of Saudi Youths

Abstract

Alawi A. Al- jifri, Tariq Elyas

Over the last few decades, teaching English has become a phenomenon in
Saudi Arabia, especially to young learners. English is taught as a main subject in
kindergarten and elementary schools. Like any other children, Saudis accept new
foreign languages easily, but they get bored very quickly if the teacher teaches them
using the old conventional methods and techniques. The aim of this paper is to
highlight that games are effective tools when devised to explain vocabularies and they
make it easier to remember their meanings. This paper deals with a literature review of
teaching English vocabulary to young learners using games. Then it discusses the
importance of using games in teaching vocabulary and in what way using them is
helpful. After that it investigates the practical implications of using games to teach
vocabulary that includes the implementation of vocabulary games and some examples
of games that could be used to teach vocabulary to children. And finally it examines
challenges teachers face when teaching vocabulary using games to young learners.

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