Play: A Fundamental Equalizer for ESL Children

  • Allen Silver


The findings in the following article were gathered from a qualitative study designed to elicit the impact of providing play opportunities for children in the upper elementary school grades. One of the major themes that the researcher discerned was that play had a significant influence on ESL children by facilitating communication and socialization at the same time as it nurtured independence and self-esteem. This report, then, (a) rationalizes the use of play in classes for children 9-11 years of age, (b) defines play, and (c) describes how play influences ESL children specifically.
How to Cite
Silver, A. (1999). Play: A Fundamental Equalizer for ESL Children. TESL Canada Journal, 16(2), 62-69.