Game-based learning

Online game-based learning has risen in popularity recently, but there is still some debate about how effective it is as a learning tool. Our latest tip, with David Gatrell, explores this area and demonstrates how it can provide opportunities for language learning and motivation.

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Peter Panda's picture
Peter Panda

For sure, it is a new collaborative way to teach English, especially for this generation.

yasmein's picture

This is a type of game based e-learning programs to improve skills and Motivates students to learn
Immerses them in the material so they learn more effectively
Encourages them to learn from their mistakes. Making learning fun motivates students and helps them pay attention and stay focused on the subject.

These games are to encourage students to learn outside of class.
And allow students to focus well enough to learn better. improves the learning performance of children.

davidgatrell's picture

Hi Peter and Yasmein

Thanks for your comments. As you can see, I believe digital games can be both collaborative and motivating - and, as you say, Yasmein, they get students to think about how they learn.

However, as with any authentic materials, digital games can't do this by themselves - we need to not only choose the right kinds of games, but also design appropriate tasks for the students we teach and think about how they will achieve the aims of the lesson.

One example for younger learners is Samorost - it has zero language content, but we can build tasks around it to get students practising grammar and vocabulary, developing all four skills and using "twenty-first century" skills like creativity and collaboration.

There are some more ideas about this and a student worksheet on my blog: http://bchongkong.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/samorost/



caroadarve's picture

can someone tell me how can i get this kind of games?

davidgatrell's picture

Sadly, The Curfew - the game featured in this video - is no longer available online. If you'd like to find out about other digital game-based activities that you can use in your primary or secondary classroom, please visit http://bchongkong.wordpress.com.

Thanks a lot


Paul Braddock's picture
Paul Braddock
TE Team

Hi David - thanks for the update. The link you sent looks good and has lots of great ideas for teachers!