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EFL vs. Native Speaker Materials

EFL, ESL, ELD game

EFL, ESL, ELD single letter phonics game

At Dave and Amy English School, we develop our own games and texts: Dave and Amy Games .  Why?  Materials for native speakers are often unsuitable for EFL students.     

Materials for native speakers often contain:

1.  Complex vocabulary.  For the EFL student, the vocabulary in these games can be overwhelming and reduce interest in English.   At Dave and Amy Games, we keep things simple and clear.  Using appropriate vocabulary and grammar.   

2.  Irrelevant vocabulary:  Do our students need to know what a wheelbarrow is?   Materials for native speakers often have unnecessary vocabulary for a child learning English once a week.   At Dave and Amy Games, we use words that are EFL appropriate and child friendly.  

3.   A mixture of easy and difficult vocabulary.   A game we bought in America has the words boy, caterpillar, frog. leaf, hat.    The aim of the game is to read and match the word with the picture.   Beginners lose confidence trying to read the longer words and higher levels find the the game too easy.    

At Dave and Amy Games, games progress in difficulty.  Kids are motivated to move to the next level.

4.   Empty spaces to pad out the text into very thick textbooks. These enlarged books take some time to finish.  The My English Book and Me series (1 – 6)   My English Book and Me are simple, clear and packed with child friendly vocabulary.   Students learn phonics, vocabulary, questions and answers accompanied by fun, clear images.

We have wasted lots of money buying texts and games from abroad.  Choose your games carefully.

Dave and Amy

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