Play to Learn:Digital Games in ELT is an online course being run by Consultants-e aimed at English language teachers, trainers, tutors, facilitators, lecturers and mentors, who are interested in introducing digital games into their teaching.
On the 12th of October Digital Play was invited to participate in an online video conference and answer a number of questions posed by those attending the course. Here’s a list of some of the questions we were asked:
1) imagine you are both big gamers and playing games in the classroom was something that came naturally to you. What if a teacher is not a gamer but would like to start playing games in the classroom – what advice would you give to this teacher?
2) We have just learned about gaming genres – what types do you often play in the classroom? Any favourite?
And how do you use them with say beginner level students?
3) How effective can games be if students know the teacher has no experience with games? Isn’t that stretching my credibility too much or asking too much of their credulity?
4) How feasible is it to integrate games into day-to-day teaching when you have 8-10 different groups os students per week with 4-6 different levels?
5) What percentage of in-class and out-of-class gaming do you suggest?
6) What would be your top 5 things to do for a ‘newbie’ wanting to get started with games in the classroom?
If you would like to hear what we have to say to these and hear more then why not view the recording to our video conference session? Keep an eye on the chat box on the bottom left for some useful links and comments too.
NOTE You may need java to run the conference in the link below and we’ve been told that a warning appears when you follow the link but accepting the program to run the recording doesn’t affect your computer adversely.