GAME-BASED LEARNING IN THE ENGLISH CLASSROOM

photo (8)Playing games in a classroom  is something that many of us have been implementing for years or decades with surely outstanding results in terms of motivation and language acquisition. But, what about using Games as a learning method while teaching subjects such as History, Literacy or Arts in the English classroom? Actually the game I’m about to explain in more detail was the final product of our project called Children in Victorian times. Students had to learn both skills and contents through this whole-term project ( involving 4 Year 2 classes in the school) so as to play our final Victorian portrait game.

I have no intention to list all the benefits of using game-based learning in my classes. I just prefer to describe the game and then perhaps you can reflect upon those benefits a bit later or leave a comment.

After learning a great range of skills and contents for a few weeks on Children in Victorian times, students were asked to draw their own Victorian silhouettes using the same techniques back then as well as writing a short description of themselves. Children in groups had to go to other Y2 classes and guess who was who ( 5 correct matches to win ) . It was great fun.
We also wanted to share this game with other classes in the school so students made a video explaining the rules of the game and generated a QR code to go on the display, just to allow other teachers and students from other classes to scan the code and play at anytime. And of course, parents were also invited to have a go. “Do we play enough with children at school?”, ” Are the games we play adapted to their needs and interests?” Or “Do we listen to our students?” are just some of the questions we should have in mind when embracing game-based learning as a method in our classrooms.

Related links:

BRITISH COUNCIL BILINGUAL PROJECT IN SPAIN: http://www.britishcouncil.es/en/partnerships/success-stories/bilingual 

BENEFITS OF USING GAME-BASED LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM: http://www.educatornetwork.com/HotTopics/gamesbasedlearning/benefits 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GAMIFICATION AND GAME-BASED LEARNING: http://inservice.ascd.org/the-difference-between-gamification-and-game-based-learning/ 

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