Grammar Games in the Business Writing Classroom

Helen A. Soter, Lisa Schottenhamel

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This paper describes a grammar game used to teach business students grammar rules in a way that reduces anxiety and motivates learning. Grammar instruction is often filled with terminology that intimidates many students, so it is important to explain grammar and writing issues using simple language rather than the complex jargon understood only by English majors. These games also enhance metacognition as students rely on one another, rather than just solely relying on the instructor, for explanations and answers to challenging problems. Students become aware of their own strengths and weaknesses and can transfer this knowledge to writing assignments in other classes and in the business world. Making the games competitive also keeps students engaged and focused on the lesson in a way that lectures and worksheets cannot; therefore, these games can be an alternative to the traditional grammar lessons.

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