Just as no tool can do one job, no activity or teaching approach can be used to teach all language.  Possessing a wide variety of activities is critical, as is mixing them up.  From an early age we are naturally drawn to novelty (Bloom, 2004; Ratey, 2001).  Research has shown that infants are able to discriminate among speech sounds (Eimas, 1980; Kuhl, 2000), and even appear to surpass adults in their discrimination abilities (Kuhl, 2004).  Our brain appears programmed to seek the novel.  Here again is another opportunity to use that which already exists.   Fortunately for us language is everywhere.  We can use this to our advantage when trying to determine what to do in language teaching.  There are many activities that can be modified to accommodate a wide variety of language structures, including board games, twenty questions, matching activities, turn-taking play activities, charades, bingo, general conversation, etc.   All of these things may be thought of as tools in an arsenal or tricks up one’s sleeve. 

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