We all know that reading is a good habit and helps your vocabulary. However, what if you want to take your language skills up a notch? What’s the best way to improve your word retention and spelling? Well, instead of just reading articles on Wikipedia or texting friends about words you don’t know, why not play word board games for the brain?
Here we explore how playing word board games for the brain can help with language acquisition in different ways:
1) Teaching People New Words While Playing:
These games are designed to turn a noun or an adjective into a verb by suggesting the intended word to be used in a sentence. For instance, in the game, the player has to match words with their definitions. The game is found on our app store, so have a try on your next walk or bus ride and you’ll see how easy it is to play!
These games are made by students using a word board game engagement tool during their coursework. The idea of designing a word board game that could be played by others came from our team’s research on text comprehension strategies.
2) Playing the Game Draws Attention:
By forcing players to focus on the visual aspects of a particular word, the game promotes attention and concentration.
The game has been designed based on the following principles:
- The board game focuses players’ attention on input materials through play.
- The board game is a structure for comprehending complex input materials.
- The board game is playful, but it still allows for immersive learning, due to its complexity and interaction.
3) Helping Learners Build Interest:
Allowing players to manipulate the language by making new words promotes interest in literacy development. The word board game has been designed to build language acquisition skills in English as a foreign language learner through engagement and metacognition.
4) Helping Players to Focus on Pre-Specified Words:
The game forces players to concentrate on the words that are given during the game. If a player does not find the appropriate word for a definition, he or she loses coins or gets points deducted. However, these penalty points act as motivation for players and help them to focus on the pre-specified words.
In a nutshell, if you a person feels that their vocabulary is not good then these word board games can be the ultimate solution. You can play these games and have fun along with learning sentence formation.