Tag Archives: gaming

Gaming the EFL classroom

It’s my pleasure to introduce a guest blog post by James York, who, as I mentioned last week, has been doing some very interesting things in his classroom, using gamification to motivate his students. Thanks, James for an inspiring piece on how you get started – I’m sure it will lead to more language teachers [...]

Increase in interest in game-based language learning and teaching

  This week, the ‘Teaching and Language Learning through Gamification‘ TESOL EVO session comes to an end. It’s been an enjoyable 5 weeks, with some great live sessions from special guest speakers and lots of sharing of ideas and enthusiasm in the Moodle forums. The TLLG Moodle won’t be around for long, but the highlights [...]

Free online workshop on Gamification

Come and join us on the free 5 week online workshop on ‘Teaching and Learning Languages through Gamification‘ The workshop, facilitated by Paul Braddock and Graham Stanley is one of a number of similar workshops that have been organised for the annual TESOL Electronic Village Online (EVO). Over the next 5 weeks, participants will be [...]

Top Ten Presentations on Gaming and Education

Here’s a brief description of ten PowerPoint slides on gaming in education.  All these slide shows were chosen to influence, inspire and interest you the reader.  You can watch them by either following the links or clicking on the image. 1 Gaming For Education   A presentation on the why, which and how games can [...]

Get ya gaming mojo back

Did you ever play computer games as a kid? Is there a game you remember that you always used to play? Would you like to play it again? If your answer to any of these questions was ‘Yes’ then why not play it again?  Maybe you can’t.  Either you or your parents sold on your [...]

10 Gaming Genres To Adapt In Class

Here’s a brief description of ten gaming genres and some tips on how they can be used in the classroom.  All these games were chosen because they are popular with young language learners, engaging and fun.  You can read lesson ideas and plans on this blog by following the links. 1  Point and click These [...]

Gamify your classroom with Chore Wars

Gamification One definition of gamification is the use of features usually found in games in areas of life which are usually game free. Only time will tell if this buzzword becomes the next big thing as some people are predicting, but meanwhile, sites such as Chore Wars can help you make a game of some [...]

Gaming Statistics III

Level: Intermediate + Language: Numbers and statistics Skills Focus: Scan Reading / speaking Location: Computer room Group A Group B Preparation Download the ‘Gaming Statistics Worksheet‘ and make enough copies for each learner in your class. Research & Record Divide learners into two separate groups – A & B. Hand out the worksheets and get [...]

Choice of the Dragon

This is a great interactive reader with a nice sense of humour for higher levels and a good way to get learners using an online dictionary. Level: Advanced Location: Computer room Skills Focus: Reading Game: Choice of the Dragon Preparation Decide how you are going to use the reader in class.  There are a few [...]

Solving A Heist

Lesser controlled speaking activity and past tense writing. Level: Intermediate Location: Classroom Skills Focus: Speaking / writing about a robbery Language Focus: Past simple, sequencers Game: Heist This online game involves passing through four rooms solving puzzles so you can finally steal secret plans.  In this classroom activity you can download the floor plan of [...]