Getting Started With Game-Based Language Learning

Posted: 24/10/2015 by broadyesl in gaming

Great beginning article for teachers.  Read more here: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/game-based-language-learning-david-dodgson

Excerpt:

The Power of Choice

Once you’ve started the conversation with your ELLs, it’s important that you keep it going. Involve them in the choice of what games or apps to use in class. This will make them even more invested in the process. Here are two ways that I’ve done this:

    1. Brainstorm a list of games that your learners play and ask them to identify which ones have learning potential for the classroom. Remind them of a few criteria first:
      • The game should not be inappropriate in any way for learners of their age.
      • It should be either free or cheap.
      • It must work on the devices available to the class (school-owned equipment or BYOD).
  1. Alternatively, you could research and vet some suitable games, and present the options to your ELLs. They then would spend some time researching the titles themselves before voting on a preferred choice.
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