Communication Skills/Scrabble Word Power Game introduced in Schools.
In schools the periods duration is of 40 minutes. Total number of periods are 45 in a week. Two periods are dedicated for recreation games. In this two periods, the children play outdoor games viz football, cricket, handball etc
If the schools purchase those scrabble boards, the children can also play the scrabble game in this period/s.
Do you feel Scrabble Board Game if introduced in schools can enhance English vocabulary in children ?.
what would be the appropriate ages for school children to the scrabble board introduction ?.
Awaiting your reply,
Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar
The elegant attribute of scrabble is that it conforms itself to the level of the players. From the inexperienced student to the skilled logophile, the game allows all skill levels to play with and think about words.
So yes,Prashant, I believe that scrabble games during recreation periods would help, though not necessarily in vocabulary. The boards by themselves would not be enough, since it cannot teach you new words, but only help you to think of the words that you already know. Also, to be sure, Scrabble is about being able to spell the words correctly, rather than understanding the meaning and usage of the words.
If the goal is to provide an amusing pastime during recreation periods that also increases vocabulary, than you would get better results using crossword puzzles. In order to correctly fill a crossword puzzle, you must become proficient in understanding the various meanings of words and also their synonyms. This activity tends to expand your thinking about the words that you already know, and increases your understanding of other words that can have the same or similar meaning. Learning other nuances of words that you know, plus other words that can be considered synonymous increases your vocabulary, both in number of words and understanding.
The other advantage of a crossword puzzle, Prashant, is that you can print quite a few copies for almost no cost and you can make a game of it by having everyone start at the same time and if you want to make a game of it, the first one to finish wins. You can also have a time limit and see who has the most words in a given time. That way it still is a game.
If you ensure that there are dictionaries or thesauri about, you can spend some time looking up the more challenging words together. In this way, Prashant, you have the elements of fun and challenge, while at the same time actually increasing your vocabulary and language understanding.
I am assuming, by the nature of the question, Prashant, that you are trying to make a case to the school that they should invest in the scrabble games. If this is the case, why not start by the crossword games that you can do for virtually no money, and demonstrate the keenness of the students to increase their vocabulary, and then you may be in a stronger position to suggest Scrabble as a way of staying sharp with word memory and spelling.
I hope this was helpful, Prashant, and I am pleased with your goals.
Please rate this response honestly,
Phil L. Méthot