videogames as a tool

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  • the_knot
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    23 February, 2007 at 0:21
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    I just want to know your opinion about how useful videogames can be when learning/practicing English.

    I learnt English because I wanted to understand the story of some videogames (I am mexican), the thing is that many people learnt it because of the same reason.

    thanks

    blackcat
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    23 February, 2007 at 13:38
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    Reply To: videogames as a tool

    Any tool which helps put English into a fun and relevant context for the learner is good. That’s why as teachers we try to use contexts that have some relevance to our students:

    If you’re teaching a group of 15 year olds, they wouldn’t find a lesson in the context of business meetings very intersting, and so would most likely switch off and learn very little.

    So if I had a student whose passion was video games, I would certainly try and use that context (if possible) when I taught him.

    I’m not sure how easy it would be to actually use video games in the classroom – but there are any number of language points you could teach with the context – tell the story of the game in the past simple tense, describe the scene… And then have the student use the game for homework… suddenly homework would become much more fun!! As well as specific tasks, the student is of course getting general listening (and possibly reading practice).

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