Experiential Learning for ESL Teaching: Using Games for Teaching Grammar in the Classroom

Garima Gianchandani

Research Scholar, Central University of Rajasthan, Ajmer, India

Dr. Sanjay Arora

Associate Professor & Head, Department of English, Central University of Rajasthan, Ajmer, India

Keywords: experiential learning, the biology of learning, communicative language teaching, learning cycle, language teaching phases, verbs, games, lesson plan


In India, English is an official second language. However, there is a huge multi-linguistic diversity across the country where numerous languages are spoken by teachers and students. Learning English as a second language offers varied challenges, especially for students from non-urban locations. To offer a solution, the present paper explores and brings together the concept of experiential learning, its adaptation in Kolb’s (1984) learning cycle and Koendraman’s (2000) language teaching phases and also the activities suggested in communicative language teaching (CLT). The paper further suggests games as potential activities in the grammar classroom.


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