Playing with the language: Investigating the role of communicative games in an arab language teaching system

Ali H. Al-Bulushi*, Ali S. Al-Issa

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Language learning games combine a number of linguistic, psychological and social elements that have been found to have considerable advantages and powerfully impact language learning and teaching. They are incorporated into language curricula to promote interactive engaging learning. This study investigates the role of games in the Omani ELT syllabus through conducting a thorough content analysis of Basic Education System English language textbooks across all grades as well as seeking the attitudes of teachers and students of three public schools representing the three teaching cycles in the educational system. A content analysis form and a questionnaire were used to collect data. Results showed that the Omani ELT syllabi endorsed a modest number of communicative games across grades, the majority of which focus on teaching vocabulary with a very timid focus on the language skills. Moreover, students hold highly positive attitudes about the role of games in improving their language whereas teachers have moderately positive attitudes about their role. Implications of these results on the language learning and teaching context are outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-198
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Instruction
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2017


  • Interactive learning
  • Language learning games
  • Learners' attitudes
  • Learning
  • Teachers' attitudes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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